Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Gluteus Maximus


Deeper than its captivating shape
lies a greater purpose.
So vast and strong,
it rotates laterally
and extends at your will.

It stands strong, defying gravity,
cushioning you for your comfort
and holding your pelvis still.

So appreciate it for more than its curves:
Stand tall, and thank your behind
when you bend.

For it is greater than
it seems.


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.


Sabila Siddiqui Sabila Siddiqui (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Dubai Medical College


Sabila is a desert-raised islander with roots in Pakistan who’s pursuing medicine in the United Arab Emirates. She values the importance of outreach in medical care and has journeyed to the wondrous world of writing; letting her words take the forms of poetry, short stories and articles. She believes in the importance of empathy, social justice, advocacy of mental health care and the need of puns and memes to enlighten one’s spirit. When she’s not glued to a screen or a textbook, she can be found volunteering, illustrating, clicking the world and indulging in an entertaining book while sipping on green tea and possibly imagining herself surrounded by cats.