The Good Psychiatry Does: A Brief Review: Page 4 of 4

The Good Psychiatry Does: A Brief Review: Page 4 of 4


by Ronald Pies, MD

I’ve set aside

my prescription pad

and analytic calm—

dropped all pretense

of science:

it’s you and me now,

pressed cold

against death’s ribs.

I use

what tricks I know

to keep you living

through another bony night,

another flurry

of final phone calls.

And you, as always, refuting life:

denaturing love, companions, sex.

Well, you leave my office alive.

That’s as close

to certainty

as our work gets.




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