Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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You’ve taken everything

Nothing is left

I once was something

And now I’m nothing

But a shell

But a remnant

But a small shadow of what once was there

You’ve beaten me down

Until I was fractured

But you kept beating

Never to stop

Never to let me breathe

Never to let me recover

They said it’ll change

It hasn’t changed

It seems there is no respite

There is no rest

There is no life outside of you

You’ve made sure of that

That I have no escape

That I’ll be indebted to you

But how then can it be

That there are days

And weeks

That I love you

That I am grateful for you

Because you are the path

To my dream

To my future

You taught me the craft

I was called to

Yet, there are two sides of you

A light side

A dark side

It seems I cannot have one without the other

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Sarah Kurkowski (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Medical College of Wisconsin

Sarah is a third year medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin class of 2023. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in both biochemistry and Spanish language. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ben, creating artwork, and practicing pilates in her free time. After graduating from medical school, Sarah would like to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery.