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Poetry and Medicine
April 28, 2020

Thangkhali Hospital at Night II

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  • 1Prince of Wales Hospital, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
JAMA. 2020;323(16):1620. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.0573

I was lying in bed swaddled
in synthetic blankets
in the on-call room.
But what does it really mean to be “on-call”’
in a place like this?
Really, everyone here is kind of “on-call”—
ready to leave at a moment’s notice to somewhere better.

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    There Will Always Be Poetry When We Have Courage To Write It
    Regina Uerkwitz | Layperson
    Thank you for your poetry. Please keep writing.