Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Resuscitation Room 1


Discarded plastic suffocates a distraught sea creature,
innocent plight recorded by faceless figures for apathetic amusement.

Cacophony draws my mind back
from the vagaries of excessive material existence.

Your body disrobed by cold hands motivated by:
concern, duty, salary?

The resident confidently missteps;
the consultant intervenes.

The hard eyes of the sheriff ponder
pages of paperwork.


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.