Can I cure you?

NaBloPoMo 2021

I cannot help but feel, to some extent, helpless

In the face of your aggressive disease process

Since you were afflicted all of a sudden

You hope for recovery, the full scope of the illness hidden

From your eyes, and your comprehension

You don’t get sick easily, so you envision

A short course of symptoms, that would go away

With a simple drug, or procedure, soon you would be on your way

To feeling better, you lead a healthy lifestyle after all

This is merely a stumbling  block, you don’t expect to fall

I see that hope in you, if only the same I could share!

Having treated this condition, I am painfully aware

That in the next few minutes your optimism I shall crash

No matter how I word it, your hopes would be dashed


I do this often enough, usually detached I remain

From the patient’s emotions, to stay calm and sane

But sometimes the buoyant optimism of a patient

My carefully practiced equanimity threatens

If only, somehow I had a magic one step cure

I wish a miracle drug I could conjure..

Then I remind myself- that is an audacious thought

I am a student of science, a magician or messiah I am not

This disease has no cure, but I can offer relief

I can always try to comfort, that’s my firm belief

So I explain the disease and its prognosis, in an empathetic voice

To encourage shared decision-making, I go through each available choice


There are days when I feel invincible at work, and then

There are days like this that remind me I am a mere human

With a special skill, not a gift divine

As I treat my patients, I must keep that in mind

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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