Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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She suffers from bouts of amenorrhea.
She masticates as often as the day is black.
Her associates claim to have no idea.
The young ossein — aged with many a crack.

The chassis appears, to all, to be gaunt.
No fervor for coitus intimates strangeness.
Wan and pallid, she looks inclined to haunt.
Her apparel — slack, not made to impress.

When will they void their lack of knowledge?
She needs someone to come to her aid,
Take her hand and lead her from the edge,
Instead of averting, trying to evade.

Go and lead her in the right direction,
And help desist her craving for perfection.

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Lawren Wooten (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Lawren Wooten is a second medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC class of 2022. In 2014, she graduated from Cornell University College of Human Ecology with a Bachelor of Science in human biology, health and society. In 2016, she graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences with a Master of Science in integrative medicine. She enjoys playing the cello, working with children and doing crosswords in her free time. After graduating medical school, Lawren would like to pursue a career in general pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty.