Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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OB/GYN Introductions

I heard about the blood

that you described as a flood,

and the terrible stomach pain

that gets worse when you strain.

your bowel movements aren’t flowing

since your stomach is growing.

I know what foods you’re allergic to,

the kegel exercises that you do.

What meds you take,

and that you have a new ache.

I know if you ate too much sugar,

and even when you have a booger.

I know how many babies you’ve had,

and about the sperm of the dad.


Now try not to stress

though it might seem like excess

that I can detail your life

without much strife.

But I’d like to know more,

like do you ever snore?

Or get short of breath?

Confuse panic with death?

Do you feel your heart race,

like it’s pittering in place?

Do you have pain when you pee?

Or aches in your knees?

When did you last have sex?

Are you allergic to latex?


Now I know we just met,

but please do not fret.

Since I don’t want to be rude,

I’ll introduce myself before you’re nude.

All you need to know about me,

is that my name is Holly,

a humble medical student, at your service.

Now, can I please check your cervix?

Poetry Thursdays is an initiative that highlights poems by medical students. If you are interested in contributing or would like to learn more, please contact our editors.

Holly Ingram (11 Posts)

Medical Student Editor and Contributing Writer

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Holly Ingram is a fourth-year medical student at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina. In 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Holly enjoys playing soccer and visiting waterfalls. After medical school, Holly would like to pursue a career in pediatrics.