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The Eternal: The Untouchable


What an endeavor it is:
To reach out and touch humanity.
Where should one clench                                                                                                                                 A hand to grasp a soul?
How does one                                                                                                                                                Erect the spirit out of dust,
And heal it so it glows?
No one knows.                                                                                                                                                  But to smile, to love, to feel
Is infinite, eternal, beyond.
They reach where the hands cannot
And revive a life more magnificent.


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.


Kelly Stanek Kelly Stanek (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine


Kelly Stanek is a first year medical student at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine class of 2022. Prior to medical school, Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in classical humanities from Biola University in La Mirada, California. Throughout her life, she has been an adventure-seeker and lover of all living things. In the moments between exams or research internships, Kelly gardens, runs, paints, writes poetry, and flees to the mountains to snowboard or hike. She loves God and is passionate about recognizing the spiritual and psychological elements of health: both in the medical field and through poetry. Upon graduation, Kelly hopes to become a pediatric emergency physician.