Gathered around your bed we prod and we poke
Lying still – bare and exposed before strangers.
We listen to a worn heart and muffled lungs.
We comment on a swollen belly and two cold legs.

Somehow, we don’t consider your eyes.

We are here to see you, but we don’t stop and see you.

MED '22

Travis Norseth is a medical student at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the class of 2022. He grew up in Holladay, Utah and earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience. He very much enjoys dogs and has a dog named Olive, who is quite playful. His favorite book is Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.

Rubor Participation:
2021 Prose, "Terry"
2019 Prose, "What's the Difference?", web edition
2021 55-Word Story, "Terry"