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What Science Can Kiss

Those voluble cells which 

lay softly atop the glass slide

compose the truth, compose the

cabalistic dialect of you and I

as the sequined stars compose 

the entropic evening sky.


Stained pretty in pink and blue,

This malignancy is as pregnant

as a pause with secrets: Tangling

tau within gossamer threads of memory, breeding

butterfly gliomas within brain parenchyma, stirring

fresh, hopeful roots 

with rosetting rain.


There is something cautious, yet bold

about living in a vessel as intensely fragile 

as the hands of mist:


A brave thing, isn’t it? 

To dare to love

What science has kissed?

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John Newman John Newman (3 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Emory University School of Medicine

John is a third-year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA class of 2022. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. He enjoys playing soccer, going on runs around town, and reading/writing poems in his free time. After graduating medical school, John would like to pursue a career in either neuropathology or emergency medicine.