What happened to you?
I don’t remember
Did it hurt?
Yes boy, oh yes
How do you feel about this place?
The table is cold
Did you know what we’d do to you?
I did not, I did not
That we’d peel the skin from your hands?
My wife was just holding them
That we’d tear your face in two?
There were tears on these cheeks
I wanted to thank you.
I hope to God you learned something
Do you believe in God?
I miss my wife
Where are you now?
I hope I’m with God
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.