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Studying a Film on the Treatment of Burns FREE TO VIEW

Marian Kaplun Shapiro, EdD
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Lexington, MA

Correspondence to: Marian Kaplun Shapiro, EdD, 17 Lantern Ln, Lexington MA 02421; e-mail: MKSHAPIRO@RCN.COM


Chest. 2008;133(3):826. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1517
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Editor’s Note:Marian Kaplun Shapiro has a Doctorate and practices clinical psychology. Her poetry and professional writings have been widely published.—Michael Zack, MD, Section Editor of Pectoriloguy.

Studying a Film on the Treatment of Burns

The Black foreman tripped. His left leg

disappeared into the vat, boiling

with aluminum. We take

careful notes. We learn the treatment

protocols. We remove our glasses.

We are grateful for our hearing aids

which we will choose to do without. But

memories are burned into our skin:

The helpless lassoed with flaming

tire necklaces of gasoline.

Pan Am passengers drifting

in pieces from the cloudless English skies.

It is a lovely summer day.

Forward three months. The foreman’s leg has healed,

brown boiled melanin paled into

tea-rose pink. It’s said he’ll be all right.

The foreman thanks the doctors. He feels lucky.

He goes on. He returns to work.

Others die in other fires. Ghost-

witnesses, waiting patiently

to speak. They come to us at night.


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