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Phoebe Chi

A public health physician who, through poetry, tears, and a pinch of humor, reflects on her life living in the world of medicine, patient care, and whimsical daydreaming.

Hope.

“My life laid before me… my treasons my troth
Wrapped with transcendence in fine sacred cloth
My breath must surrender to cold mortal brew
As wildflowers bend neath pure morning dew.

And then there were angels
Filling the sky
Lifting me upward…

And then I could fly.

These are the words of a fellow blogger and poet.
Words that affect me more than one can know.
So I would like to use this post to thank him today
for being a glimmer in the night…and an inspirer of hope.

Because in our own way, we are all physicians.

He is Steven Michael Sanders,
‘Michael33’

I am asking you to visit him, 
because his poetry will enliven you,
and his story will inspire you.

♣ The Vision of Poets – His poetry blog ♣

♣ Vision of Hope 33 – A blog of his journey ♣

With Love, 

PuppyDoc

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Poetry & Medicine, part II.

“I could prescribe any of a dozen antibiotics to cure
endocarditis, 
or even a thrombolytic agent
to stave off a heart attack; 
but what I
yearned for was the elixir of poetry,

which could heal the otherwise
untreatable 
condition of
my broken heart.”

This quote, by poet and physician Rafael Campo*,
beautifully captures the essence of the union
between the arts…and the art of medicine.

Therefore, today I will let him speak for me. 
This is from his poem What the Body Told:

“To somewhere distant in my heart, they cry.
I look inside their other-person’s mouths
And see the wet interior of souls.
It’s warm and red in there–like love, with teeth.
I’ve studied medicine until I cried.”

*Rafael Campo is an internal medicine physician and poet currently on faculty at Harvard.

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A few bloggers I would like to ask to share a quote or two:

Rules of the Quote Challenge:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 
With love,
PuppyDoc

Poetry & Medicine, part I.

Tidbits about William Carlos Williams (1883-1963):

♦ A renowned writer, he was said to be a “doctor by day, poet by night.”

♦ He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, was trained in family medicine and pediatrics, and served as the chief of pediatrics for 40 years at what is now St. Mary’s General Hospital in New Jersey.

♦ He painted during his early years, similar to his mother, who was a Paris-trained artist.

♦ As one closely associated with modernest poetry and imagism, he also had marked influence on the American literary movements of the 1950’s including the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beat movement, and the New York School. 

♦ He is an inspiration to PuppyDoc. 

Thank you, Mysterious Mind of Mine, for challenging me. 

🙂

Now I would like to ask these ones to share a quote or two:

Annie at Gentle Kindness

Chris at The Brown Bag Special

Claudette at To Search and to Find

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Rules of the Quote Challenge:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 

With love, 

PuppyDoc

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