Green hills patched with April, snow and I’ve chosen to celebrate. with a full slate of patients.
Green hills patched with April
snow and I’ve chosen to celebrate
with a full slate of patients.
No cake or champagne
in my sober waiting room,
just another day losing myself
in the flow, prescribing pills,
listening more than I speak,
keeping secrets secret,
thankful for their gift of suffering,
which allows me to be useful
doing work I was born to do.
Dr. Berlin is Senior Affiliate in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. E-mail: Richard.Berlin@gmail.com. His most recent collection of poetry, PRACTICE, is published by Brick Road Poetry Press.