Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Deadlines rush on, relentlessly. 
Another email signed, 
“Best regards.” 

We measure our days in the spaces between work, 
And work,
And work. 
Teaspoons of freedom we cling onto — to breath, to think 
For a second, before the transactional nature of life, 
Takes over. 

We drink in the guilt of doing nothing; 
Every moment commodified — thoughts into actions, actions into impact, 
We give too much, yet we give not enough of ourselves — to ourselves. 

Nobody talks about,
The loneliness, the suicides, 
The feeling of seeing a dying child and, 
Feeling nothing. 

Let us hold onto our hearts, 
Until each heartbeat swallows us, 
Pounding against the silence 
Of apathy.

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Qiang Zhang Qiang Zhang (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Qiang Zhang is a first year medical student at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in LA, CA class of 2025. In 2019, she graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She enjoys yoga, playing music, and reading books in her free time. After graduating medical school in 2025, Qiang would like to pursue a career in Internal Medicine.