The search for strength…
…because sometimes it’s just nice to lie around with a buddy. 🙂
Once upon a time there existed a doc
who had a pet cat and listened to Bach.
This doc was described as, ‘fun, loyal, and lovey,’
therefore she eventually was dubbed the name ‘Puppy.’
In general, this Puppy lived quite a blessed life,
but a life of high pressure and occasional strife.
She loved her profession and for this she was glad,
but certain times events would make her feel sad.
She cared for her patients and strived to make them well,
When they declined, she’d be down with no one to tell.
In a way, this describes how “Musings” was born–
Because poetry was, in a manner, her way to mourn.
But then little by little came her blogging buddies–
so dear and supportive– for this she felt lucky.
So all you should know that she treasures EACH one of you,
for when reading your blogs…why–she can never be blue!
In short…this is how a doc who thinks she’s a dog
winds up creating…a poetry blog.
Lines, tubes, wires, chains.
Dignity stripped, cavities drained.
The metronome of your pulse above
the beeping orchestra, dissonant buzz.
Each gesture tracked, beat recorded,
breathing measured, life distorted.
Do you still feel free?
The body, its function a masterpiece to muse,
altered by poison, fluid infused.
Vesicles, vessels, organs affixed,
shrouded in blood, lymph intermixed.
Adhered in oneness by tendon and skin,
scarcely quickened by a pump grown dim.
Do you still feel strong?
Risen before the dawning sun,
a swarm of stoic white has come
to declare the status of your issues–
Liver, kidney, heart, lung, tissue.
To examine and prod, inspect then move
a person, a soul, or a number to improve?
I hope you still feel human.
To that hiatus sweet,
she bids farewell
to rise to her feet
and don her white tail.
…though I take care of adults, I adore the tinier guests. 🙂
5 Things One Should Know About PuppyDoc
♦ The nickname ‘Puppy’ was granted by her peers in medical school who stated that Phoebe was “loyal, affectionate, and playful…just like a real live puppy…”
♦ Despite having been chased by a machete-wielding villager while in Madagascar (the villager had a nightmare and dreamt that PuppyDoc was a witch…bless his heart) and getting malaria and Dengue fever during her year in Ghana, PuppyDoc continues to aspire to eventually volunteer abroad with Doctors Without Borders.
♦ PuppyDoc has a very large, squishy, soft spot in her heart reserved for the elderly.
♦ PuppyDoc has a very fluffy, affectionate cat named Samantha, whom she loves very much.
♦ Above all, Phoebe loves medicine and hopes that she never loses the joy of caring for others…
…because our mother always taught us the importance of maintaining proper posture…whether cat, puppy, or human.