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Gluteus Maximus


Deeper than its captivating shape
lies a greater purpose.
So vast and strong,
it rotates laterally
and extends at your will.

It stands strong, defying gravity,
cushioning you for your comfort
and holding your pelvis still.

So appreciate it for more than its curves:
Stand tall, and thank your behind
when you bend.

For it is greater than
it seems.


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.


Sabila Siddiqui Sabila Siddiqui (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Dubai Medical College


Sabila Siddiqui is a second year medical student at Dubai Medical College in Dubai, UAE class of 2023. She enjoys illustrating, capturing visuals through photography and videography whilst cathartically writing. After graduating medical school, Sabila would like to pursue a career in neuropsychology.