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.

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.

Samuel Rouleau (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer and Medical Student Editor

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Sam is a second year medical student at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. In 2017, he graduated from the United States Air Force with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. He enjoys reading, writing, yoga, and rock climbing in his free time. After graduating medical school, Sam would like to pursue a career in emergency medicine or psychiatry.