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Georgie Lee Blalock
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Editor’s Note: The author writes: “My dad’s ankle surgery was performed on the same hospital floor as the ICU where my grandfather had died three years before.”

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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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2011;140(4):1096. doi:10.1378/chest.10-2285
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This morning,
a little nervous,
we step off the elevator and walk past the ICU.
My father fell off a ladder.
It’s better to say he jumped as the ladder descended to earth,
and broke his 70 year old ankle.
Everyone has a similar story;
falling from ladders seems a popular thing to do.
Grandpa haunts this hallway
and the little chapel where we prayed
three years ago.
Such dire circumstance don’t follow us today,
but my sister confesses she’s afraid
and begs me to flee with her to the cafeteria for a soda.
I’m afraid I’ll turn to find her sprawled on the floor,
face up,
soda rushing across the linoleum.
I tell her to be brave,
after all, this is part of life too.




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