A visit from The Healing Muse: 'writing on the wall'
Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares a selection from Upstate‘s literary journal, “The Healing Muse,” every Sunday on “HealthLink on Air.” Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.
Today‘s selection is "writing on the wall" by Nicholas Bellacicco. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.
Deirdre Neilen, PhD: Nicholas Bellacicco is in his fourth year of medical school and has already published a book of poetry, "Pouring Echoes." He sent us a poem, "writing on the wall." It bears witness to a physician's diagnostic analytics, still allowing room for empathy and care.
"writing on the wall":
A slight shuffling gait.
Slowness in speech .
Minimal stooped posture.
I see it.
It is written like sloppy graffiti.
You ask me to interpret.
It's like reading a telegram
to a soldier's wife.
I pause, and give you a second more
of a life without a diagnosis.