Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Bun


Filled with fear and pain but love and hate
To raise it alone since he never agreed
A bump in her road, but she’d still succeed
And pray to God there’s no postpartum weight
Yesterday morning made her one month late
Always dreaded, but now she longed to bleed
An obvious fact she refused to concede —
A being of beauty she might create

Months go by, and she’s getting used to
The idea of not only one but two
Feeling light-headed, everything blurry
A stream of blood gushed from between her feet
A thick, black blood that marked finality
The greatest love stained the ground: biggest defeat


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.


Elo Okah (1 Posts)

Pre-Medical Guest Writer

Rutgers University


Elo is a senior at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is earning a major in biology and a minor in creative writing and aspires to attend medical school after she graduates. Elo is a teaching assistant in the physics department and co-founded the first undergraduate lifestyle medicine interest group in the region. She spends most of her spare time immersed in the arts including writing and painting. She writes because it's how she best expresses herself. It's not a hobby; it's a lifestyle.