In a Corner of the Cavernous Ward

Richard Bronson, MD

Fam Med. 2022;54(9):734-734.

DOI: 10.22454/FamMed.2022.156130

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For Anna R.

You were a voice rasping in the dark.
Come away with me, love,
To my cockroach farm.
Wisps of grey hair
Decorated your balding scalp.
A goitrous neck and swollen legs
Defined your condition.

Abandoned to yourself,
Aging and alone,
In the depths of your disease,
You lived like some sloth
Seated in your bed.
Knowledge of the day,
Of the week,
Of what and when to eat
Was beyond you.

Then with our drugs and daily rounds,
You rallied, recalled your own name.
Your mind, your body restored,
It was time to leave, but nowhere to go.
Your husband long gone, only the roaches
Would greet you on your return.

Lead Author

Richard Bronson, MD

Affiliations: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Book University, Stony Brook, NY

Corresponding Author

Richard Bronson, MD

Correspondence: Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Book University, T9-029, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8091. 631-444-2731


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