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Traveling long to inform a friend’s death FREE TO VIEW

Aditya Shankar, B.Tech
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Editor’s Note: Aditya Shankar is a bilingual writer and short filmmaker. He writes in English and Malayalam and works as the Creative Director of a game and animation development studio.

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.

—Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(6):1517. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2862
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The task on hand is easy
Search for a lane where
the air is rusty and bleeding
by the long absence of a beloved son
Spot the house with
walls looking like long lost childhood –
New grown mosses on them fighting against
Skewed alphabets, inverted numerals and memories
of a young child
Look for a father waiting with that favorite dish,
compensating the extra spice with a face full of
smile and moustache
Hear the silence of the bird’s long lost song,
toys tied up in trees, and
the marbles that reappear from the soil
The task on hand is easy
Never speak a word to inform what you intend to –
Walk back like any another stranger,
knocking on the wrong door
in the scorching heat of summer.


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