World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

A recent visit to the grave of WB Yeats meant taking the ubiquitous photos – sorry I’ve sidelined the people who were in the photo, but I’m sure they’ll forgive me.

I could use a Yeat’s quote or something from one of my favourites such as Louis MacNeice, Ciaran Carson or Meabh McGuckian, naming but a few. Instead, remembering I’m in a Medical Library, here’s a medical related poem.

Every year Annals of Internal Medicine run a poetry competition and the following which won the 2012 prize speaks volumes, which is why I value poetry so highly.

Daniela Matei, MD

I dressed up in my new tight
perfectly tailored brooks brothers skirt I put on
mademoiselle perfume blue shadow around my eyes
tan peep-toe heels before
heading out
I kept my smile the misty pleasant scent
throughout the day I did not flinch
sharing my compassion
endlessly I shook
hands patted shoulders
I did not feel pain until
five o’clock

when I walked out spring
was finally here the balmy wind
blossoms on every tree
cancer is pink.

The citation for this is: Ad Libitum. Daniela Matei: Bloom. Ann Int Med. 2012; 157 (4): 297.

Happy World Poetry Day.



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