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for an intern on call in houston


for an intern on call in houston


hundreds of black birds going north

toward the mainland

where you in a windowless


I imagine room are waiting

for something to be born

so you can palpate


and percuss it

or some nine-year-old

to come in flushed


and DKA and gone

elsewhere

maybe a boy kingdom


where it rains insulin

and hails pancreases

on hornytoads, popsicles, war toys and bicycles


his eyes roll

it’s a county hospital

how does it feel


to be recognized

by so many

black birds




Deputy Editor's Note

Rachel Pearson is an MD/PhD student, MS4, at the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her research interests are in mental illness narratives and the application of findings in neuroscience to broader notions of personhood and humanity. Rachel’s poetry has appeared in The Mid-American Review, the Windward Review, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a student scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy for Oslerian Medicine and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.





 

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