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A Clinical Outing

A clinical outing:


The hospital room is

fair, square, sterile —

 by its vapid

medical posters

and lusterless hospital tools.


And I ornament

the ungilded table

of an unostentatious exam room,

reticent and face down,

wearing an insipidly blue and

unbacked hospital gown,

pressing the prints

of my toes into

the ribbed face of

a steely hospital stool.


And across from me,

my doctor is facing me,

an earnest and waxen effigy,

swathed by a staid and starchy white coat,

in this hospital where

the rooms are square.


I hear a query then my breath arrests,

because I am quite familiar,

yes, I am well aware

of the intruding, forebodingly affable stare

in this hospital where

the posters are bloodless

and the rooms are square —

yes, for these customary social snares,

I have well-devised guises.

I am usually well prepared.


But is this it?

I am implicated but am I obliged to share?

My timorous tints and tones,

that I am conditioned to believe

must remain unaired —

my practices, lamentations and languages for love:

most cherished, unvoiced,

and still so unknown,

dwelling well within their spaces of refuge,

a borderless and bounding expanse…


Will you be the first to whom I confess?

Will the plight of orientation be my diagnosis?

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Eshiemomoh Osilama Eshiemomoh Osilama (2 Posts)


Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Eshiemomoh Osilama is a second-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA class of 2024. He graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He enjoys reading and writing poetry, baking, theater, singing, museums, traveling, beaches and oceans, photography, and being an extraordinary guncle.