The Gift

Oh, the decision it must have been
To take the road less travelled;
Perhaps defying the wishes of remaining kin
To serve a cause much higher.

Mortal death could not end
The desire to teach and show
A group of eager students
The human body they must know.

Along a lifetime of medicine
Will bless the lives of scores.
In search of healing from grief and pain
Come the patients who enter the doors.

Remarkable the impact one choice can have
To awe, perplex, inspire.
The knowledge which will result
Will serve a cause much higher!

Takes a special person
To let others know them to the core;
Having them feel their beloved organs
Which promote life no more.

Head to toe and back to front
The body is slowly transformed
From its original purpose
So its students can be informed.

Amazing is the opportunity
Our donor to us has given
To learn, to feel, to touch, to know.
Our thirst for knowledge he has driven!

New appreciation has filled our souls
For the intricacies of the human body
Where structure determines function
And proteins serve as antibody.

Kidneys, muscles, and the bones of the body
Have taught us all so much.
Of the many ways of learning
One of the best is by touch.

Surely, words cannot express
The debt of gratitude we feel!
The gift one gave we must profess
Enables us to serve a cause much higher!

MED '22

David is a member of University of Utah School of Medicine class of 2022. He holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University. He is passionate about serving others and enjoys traveling as well as hiking and rock climbing with his wife and two dogs.

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2019 Poem, "The Gift"