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Free Thinking FREE TO VIEW

Christopher J. Worsnop, MBBS, PhD, FCCP
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Editor’s Note: The poet writes that “A sleep physician colleague was killed in the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria. On the third anniversary of this event I was asked to write about him and found it best to do this as poetry. I am a sleep physician in Melbourne, Australia.”

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Chest. 2013;143(1):266-267. doi:10.1378/chest.12-0439
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Wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Foam
Thought              Plan             Hair
              crumpledsuitanotherbeardscarfwildhairsilverstreaks
Working at the Repat, helping old diggers.
Physiology, oncology, bronchoscopy, polysomnography.
Giving talks with overheads, hand-drawn figures.
OSA, asthma, CSA, fibrosis, COPD, BUAD.
              an old wooden yacht
             sails sheet rope with knot
             ocean blue and spray in hair
                sail along without a care
                 boat untidy
                mobile in sea
A seed, a thought, a dream
In a fertile mind
Planning, discussing, worrying
Writing grants, ideas are flowing
Working hard, long nights at Bowen
Triumph at last
A new grey suit
IBAS is born.
A Party for the Winter Soltice.
  Up the Bald Spur Road, St Andrew, a rough road, a bit erratic, and wandering,
      a bit like its resident.
  Mud brick house with a free spirit, generous welcome and warm hearth,
      just like its owner.
  Bottles of wine, simple food, carefree music,
      like its host.
Grey Jaguar
      wooden steering wheel
            leather seats
                   proudly conveying its owner
                      unpretentious
               proudly carrying its coat of fine brown dust.
Now on the James Craig; waves crash; hold on fast.
Ship’s doctor? There’s more for me.
On the rigging, grab the winch, up the mast.
Obey the captain when at sea.
                 We need more free thinking.”
                   RIP   RJP


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