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Steve Cushman, RT (R)
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Editor’s Note: The author writes: “‘Walking Into Work’ came to me on New Year’s Day, and yes, a Medical Examiner’s van did drive by. That it was New Year’s and the idea of resolutions got me thinking I and all should appreciate life more, especially, those of us who work with sick people every day.”

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2011;139(2):469. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0305
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As I walk into work today, the Medical
Examiner’s van passes, carting off another
one that didn’t make it. I work at a hospital,
so death itself should not surprise me.
Still, shouldn’t it account for more?
Shouldn’t we slow down for a moment
or two: silence, peace, a pause in our
otherwise rolling along days?
Perhaps, but if so, not here, not today
because some unseen bird is singing, the
daffodils are rising, and me, I’m walking
as fast as I can to get to work on time.




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