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Anatomy of Love


Your Smile
Wrinkles,
Where my jokes weren’t funny.

Your voice
Cracks,
When you tell me you love me.

Your palms
Sweat,
While you roll the dice.

“Maybe orange isn’t your color?”
“Well isn’t that nice.”

Your sides
Ache,
When I look like a fool.

My cheeks
Blushing,
“I fell in the pool.”

Your temper
Boils,
This is a mistake.

My hand
Trembles,
Perhaps, this can wait.

Breaths settle,
Hand in hand,                                                                                                                                                      All is still.

I will reach
To you always,
Til nerves betray will.


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.


Alicia Asturias Alicia Asturias (1 Posts)

Alicia Asturias is a second-year medical student at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley where she competed in the all-around on the Women’s Gymnastics Team. Her medical interests include orthopedics, family medicine and OB/GYN. She is new to poetry, but art is an old friend.