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Days with a Daisy


Am I crazy?
I walk down the street and my ears fill with noises
And sometimes I run until my vision gets hazy.
Because this is the only thing to quiet the voices
And I wonder will I ever have any more choices?

Am I crazy?
I try but just can’t seem to get rid of
The thoughts that make me flee.
It has been so long since I last felt love
And I yearn to stop and see my white dove.

Am I crazy?
Things used to be great — 
I remember I once had a pink daisy.
It left its seed and grew tall and straight
And the happiness I felt I cannot overrate.

Am I crazy?
Eyes wide open, I lie awake on my bed.
All day people walk on the floor above me.
I can’t take the constant pattering over my head
So finally to your warm office I tread.

Tell me doc —
Am I crazy?


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.


Lisa Schwartz Lisa Schwartz (3 Posts)

Contributing Writer

UC Riverside School of Medicine


Lisa is a fourth year medical student at UC Riverside. She completed her bachelor's degree at UC Santa Barbara in biopsychology with a minor in English. She enjoys hiking, backcountry camping, and cooking plant-based meals.