A visit from The Healing Muse: 'Green Thumb'
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 "Green Thumb," by Teddy G. Goetz. Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today.
Deirdre Neilen, PhD: Teddy Goetz is a medical student whose goal is to help people feel seen. Their poem "Green Thumb" offers a very different take on the future dreams of a physician. Here is "Green Thumb": As doctors, she says,
We are in the business of second chances.
We fight for those caught in the crossfire.
Yet, I wonder,
Bad capitalist that I am,
What could it mean to make the first one last?
Planting vacant lots into
Prunes gun violence.
What a jubilant day it would be
To hang up my stethoscope,
And become a gardener instead.