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Brent Schnipke

in this cold
room is dead.

I haven’t looked
at the clock
so I don’t know
how long it’s been
since I breathed
clean air.

Even you
are dead.
And cold.

I’ve been cutting
for a while now.
My scalpel is erratic.

I cannot cut you
like a surgeon
yet, I’m afraid.

I’m tempted
to just slice
it all away,
a few sharp, short cuts —
cut quickly through
this thick mess.

But I don’t want
to miss, don’t want
to destroy something
that was critical
to your life.

I need to know.
I need you
to come back to life
— and you have.

You live again,
to help me
learn to cut properly.

Brent Schnipke Brent Schnipke (16 Posts)

Medical Student Editor, Writer-in-Training and Columnist

Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University

Brent Schnipke is a third year medical student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. He is a 2014 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in Biology. His professional interests include writing, medical humanities, and higher education. When he's not studying, he can be found reading at a local coffee shop, training for his next race, or planning an adventure with his wife. Brent is also active on social media and can be reached on Twitter and Instagram @brentschnipke.

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