Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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They Say, I Say


They say you’re at the top of the class
I say I’m barely able to pass

They say your work is some of the best
I say my work is just like the rest

They say you always post a high score
I say I always could have done more

They say you’re so far ahead
I say I’m in over my head

They say you’re great, you’re making it
I say I’m not, I’m faking it

They say you’re truly outstanding
I say I’m only pretending

They say step up, you’re a boss
I say nothing, I’m at a loss

They say you’re a leader, we can tell
I say I haven’t come out of my shell

They say you have heart
We believe in you
I say I should start
To believe in me, too


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.


Bradley Maller (1 Posts)

My name is Bradley Maller and I am a member of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Class of 2020. I am from Largo, Florida and have a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Florida. When I'm not stressing about medical school, I enjoying playing and watching hockey (Go Lightning!).