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In The Beginning


and
finally
She arrived
from the pool.
Her senses activated
as She opened Her eyes
and introduced Herself boldly
with the most rewarding scream:
YES! LET THE WORLD KNOW!
She filled the room with Her presence.

Life
unaltered
is swaddled
in my tight embrace.
She is naïve
and simply
Perfect.

the
future
flashes forward
for a Soul Yet-To-Be…
for She is just
minutes
old.

one does not forget the faces of parents
as they are first given their Perfection
relishing the feel of Her hair —
an almost-fear of speech
permits but mouthing
the softest welcome:
with trembling love
and pure adoration,
they whispered,
“Hello.”

Herbert Rosenbaum Herbert Rosenbaum (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Herbert B. Rosenbaum, M.D. Class of 2017, is a proud native of San Antonio, Texas, an alumnus of The George Washington University, and a third year medical student at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His medical interests include family medicine, primary care, geriatric medicine, medical politics, and end-of-life management. Mr. Rosenbaum urges his physician and medical student readers to start meaningfully addressing the elephant in the room (and perhaps American medical culture's biggest failure): death and dying - a common subject of many of his creative works and critical essays.