You are the claimer of lives every day and night:
You plague on until all life is completely gone.
But worse, you steal purpose from those lost in the fight.
To me, you are a traitor and a sordid thief.
We share ancestry, yet you rot them from within.
You hoard life as if it only belonged to thee.
Yet, I thank you for the impotence you gave me–
You showed me the mystery that comes from within.
An enigmatic spirit that has set me free.
I wage war on you for you have let my eyes see;
I respect you, for you hold true to your decree.
But, I fight for those who lost purpose to your creed.
Poetry Thursdays is a weekly newsletter that highlights poems by medical students and physicians. This initiative is led by Slavena Salve Nissan at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Slavena.