Internal Moment

by Joon K. Shim, MD, MPH, PGY-3, Department of Surgery

Honorable Mention 2009 Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award

writing is very difficult to teach
and so is surgery
separated from
consciously focused
mining the mindfield of anatomy
slow and fast
but purposeful strides

spirited exchanges
may not always be available
where we share our joys
and sometimes our sadness

success in landing
along with compassion

independence while minimizing
invasive and traumatic, removing a bullet

to loved ones
little balls of scrap yarn
it is the intention
confidently rising above

sense of purity in the surroundings
stagnant water
or in other words
yet it is pure
slightly erractic
at the corners
all the unknown places