The Intern’s Spot

February 14, 2017
Richard M. Berlin, MD

Psychiatric Times, Vol 34 No 2, Volume 34, Issue 2

We teach every intern how to find the place where they can lay down a silver stethoscope and listen to everything...

 

We teach every intern how to find

the place where they can lay down

a silver stethoscope and listen

to everything that matters at once-

the heart hammering in its hollow,

air charging the lungs, the bowel’s

borborygmi, all the body’s music

in an instant, as if the intern

had flicked a radio’s power switch,

diagnosis nailed tight at 2 AM

when all anyone wants is the right

answer and a few hours sleep.

And there is pleasure for us,

the teachers who pass down secrets

our professors shared long ago,

like advice from a loving parent,

like the translation of a sacred text,

or the last sun-bleached page

ripped from a lifeboat’s survival kit.

 

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