Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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We stand beneath tin roofs
with raindrops on our lips
regret behind our eyes.

Jokes become coughs
tinged with nicotine
under gray skies
turning black.

The others leave.

The rain talks
bursts of shouted sorrows and whispered fears
circle us in haze punctuated by
green converse and red flannel.

Tell me about him.

You recite a story I already know:
walks through the park stretching into eternity,
ragged sedan seats where our lips first met,
late night laughs becoming early morning tears,
dreams spiraling into each other,
falling out of love.

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Samuel Rouleau, MD (5 Posts)

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus (2020-2021) and Former Managing Editor (2019-2020)

Emergency Medicine Resident, UC Davis Medical Center

Sam is an emergency medicine resident at UC Davis Medical Center. He attended the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, graduating in 2021. In 2017, he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. He enjoys reading, writing, yoga, skiing and rock climbing in his free time. Note: The opinions expressed by Sam on in-Training are his own. They do not reflect the opinion of the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.