An 11th birthday present,
his first pocket knife.
His first time cutting with the blade,
an apple dripping juice.
The doctor says, “you’re up!” –
my first suture kit.
My first time driving the needle,
skin dripping blood.
“How are you doing?” the doctor asks.
we both reply.

Veronica is a member of the University of Utah School of Medicine class of 2021. She studied biology and psychology at Creighton University, and human anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She enjoys exploring the beautiful outdoors, writing snail mail, and reading with a good cup of coffee.

Rubor Participation
2021 Poem, "28"
2020 Poem, "Firsts"