Each Thursday, the Daily Voice showcases selected Thursday Morning Memos, reflective essays about clinical experiences written by faculty, residents and alumni of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health. Thursday Morning Memos is UMass Medical School’s homegrown version of narrative medicine, in which the authors process their experiences through writing. To learn more: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/articles/2011/personal_stories.aspx?
In the form of a poem, Alexander Blount, EdD, professor of family medicine & community health, articulates at least one success story, if not two or three—even amidst a story that may not end completely well.
Pushups with Brett
Nothing inspires like a dawn bathroom floor,
Square up with the lines or see where the hands fall?
If not now, when?
He is done for good this time,
He said it before, now it’s got to be true.
Look at his face, look at those eyes,
Like a beagle after a hunt, spent.
He set all those records, always showed up,
Couldn’t rest on his laurels.
He’s going back to Mississippi,
Brains are probably scrambled.
No one fought so hard against the end.
Finally, it’s just about the fight.
He did not go gently,