Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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your heart has four chambers, is there room for me?


time,
its lifespan ceases to exist
as the gold warmth of your hazel eyes surround me

this electricity of emotions
strikes like lightning —

i close my heart
(its weekday hours are over)

but it’s the weekend, those same eyes plead

so you try to
plug me into the wall,
and use me to jump-start
your heart

but don’t you know?

only defibrillators can, 
and i am not an object at your disposal


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.

Miray Mirham (1 Posts)

Pre-Medical Guest Writer

New York University


Miray is currently a third year undergraduate student attending New York University double majoring in Global Public Health and Sociology and double minoring in Chemistry and Creative writing. He has a passion for the social or cultural (in addition to the clinical or bodily) effects of medical practice, with a particularly interest in the health disparities and inequities among minorities.