Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Twenty-four hours a day.
Spent all in one place.
The beds, the lights, the rooms all the same.
The hospital is today’s domain.
Halfway through you’re already tired.
Listening to the pages, the people, the patients who you’ve guided.
Falling asleep in the on-call room.
To wandering the halls talking with anyone.
Tick-tock goes the clock until the end of the shift.
Was a reward to be a doctor but so tiring, needed a lift.
Being able to help patients was a worthwhile endeavor.
The adrenaline helped maintain the fervor.
Twenty-four-hour shift all in one spot.
Came crashing down back home, fell asleep at once.

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Anthony Bui Anthony Bui (5 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Anthony is a fourth year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin class of 2024. In 2019, he graduated from University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience. He enjoys sports, television, and movies in his free time. After graduating medical school, Anthony would like to pursue a career in Diagnostic Radiology.