Mens Sana Monographs
MSM POEMS
Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 233-

Doctor At Work, Late Evening


Cortney Davis 
 PO Box 678, Redding, CT 06896-0678

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Cortney Davis
PO Box 678, Redding, CT 06896-0678




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Davis C. Doctor At Work, Late Evening.Mens Sana Monogr 2007;5:233-233


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Full Text

Everyone has gone home

but you and the janitor. The nurses

have driven away, fluttering across the parking lot

like white confetti.

Sparrows sing themselves to sleep and even the hospital

longs to dream. You read X-rays

in the view box glow, your patients' names

marked in black, their lungs

surprised in full inhale, hearts stopped

mid-pump, strangers

who keep you company as you scan for ribs

cracked like barrel staves, for emphysema's

burst balloon, for pinpoint tumours

light years away, only beginning to burn.

The janitor knocks.

You close the light, wishing each patient safe,

every diagnosis exact. Outside,

stars ignite, like cancers inflaming the sky.