Pectoriloquy |


Bibhu Padhi
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “I used to suffer from migraine very often. It was a debilitating experience. I wrote the poem 'Pain’ after undergoing one such attack.” Dr Padhi lives with his family in Bhubaneswar, India.

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.

Chest. 2016;150(4):972. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.04.021
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    A lazy, languid pressure in between
    the eyebrows. A small extension
    now covering the eyes, the forehead,
    the temples, and then a little more—
    an inclusion of the head, each
    hair root, the entire skull.

    And then a little more. The neck,
    the shoulders, then all along
    the body’s complex geometry.
    The crown of the head, under which
    the ill-blooded brain is, the mind
    and memory are supposed to be.

    And there are the prescribed pretensions
    of success and cure. Round, gray, pink, white.
    And still others, like a faithful hand’s
    magical pulling at the hair, anointing
    the forehead, the eyeballs, the skin
    under the earlobes with ancient remedies.
    A pressure on tired limbs with
    vastly experienced hands. And then, sleep.

    Even then, it is still there, all over the body.
    Dull, lengthening, like real hunger.
    No one knows, although they
    pretend to do so. It is so far from
    their own thoughts--so far, they can
    never know. And one can only
    blame oneself for going through it,
    for having come into this world.




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