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Vivek Batra
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “I work as a hospitalist in Columbia, Maryland. This poem highlights the happiness, sadness, chaos, and uncertainty in a typical hospital.”

Columbia, MD

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

Chest. 2016;150(4):973. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.04.022
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    Life begins and ends here
    Laughter and muffled tears are all galore
    There is tranquility in one corner and anguish in another
    Uncertainty and hope are all mixed in

    At the crack of dawn
    Many healers come to this shrine
    The chaos is about to begin
    Aim is to reduce entropy, and hope for recovery

    The sirens blare, a gunshot victim is in
    There is a crew of people, waiting just for him
    Machines, lines, and a lot of chatter
    In the hope, that all of this will matter

    On the fourth floor, there is an old patient who is dying
    You cannot say whether he is happy or crying
    Cancer has been eating him for years
    And perhaps, he has finally conquered his fears

    Another corner, there is a baby being born
    Mother in tears of joy and pain
    Near the window, you can hear soft drops of rain
    In this sacred place, no effort goes vain

    As the sun is about to set
    You can hear this man’s breath
    All the cigarettes have corroded his lungs
    When you listen to him, it sounds like beat-up drums

    Drugs and bugs play at night
    Walking in the corridors might make you fright
    Radiographs and electrons zoom through the body
    And show the mystique at play

    There is a gift shop near the entrance
    Where you see a toy giraffe and colorful balloons
    As visitors leave, they see the smiling moon
    At this place, magic happens again and again




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