New Patient Visit: Sibling Exam after Death of Sister

This fits
The career I envisioned:
Escorting a boy,
Legs like springs,
Bouncing back to the waiting room
Where children and parents
Point at fish
And books,
Safe and healthy.
Yet I never envisioned
How he passes unseen,
How his young grandmother
Steadies herself
With his unsuspecting hand.
The childhood they shared
Cut from beneath them.

Year Created: 2020

A Fellow. I remember leaving this clinic encounter with a tremendous weight and entering a busier than usual waiting room. This boy-and other children too-had an innate resilience that I sincerely hope will continue to serve him. Sometimes, you just can't see what others are experiencing, and this can be especially true of children.