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stronger in the broken places


His eyes beyond his glasses
dart from me
rest on the corners

sharp, the sound of knuckles
strike each other
lips in a mournful pucker

a mother’s death
broken, he said
my world after her

a glance at his chart
he’s forty-seven

heaving sobs
and red-faced grief
know no time and
forget themselves

the black of my eyes
widen to hold him

am I boring you?
I’m sorry

deep breath please

Aleksandra Bacewicz Aleksandra Bacewicz (4 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine


Hi! My name is Aleksandra and I am a Class of 2018 medical student in the SELECT Program at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. I love to write, both for myself and for publication, as an outlet for my experiences and emotions. Having an academic background in Spanish literature, I am fascinated by words and often find myself losing track of time with my face in a book. Through the pursuit of both words and medicine, I hope to better understand others, and myself, so that I can affect positive change in any way I am able. In my free time, I look forward to spending time with close friends and family, dancing, swimming and traveling!