"I can still hear my patient shriek..."
POETRY OF THE TIMES
I can still hear my patient shriek
when a black bear appeared on camera
behind me, circled the rose garden sundial,
and reared up to study one small human
shielded only by a sunroom screen,
three hundred feral pounds of muscle
and claw, almost as frightening
as a virus a tenth of a micron wide.
Dr Berlin has been writing a poem about his experience of being a doctor every month for the past 23 years in Psychiatric TimesTM in a column called “Poetry of the Times.” He is instructor in psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts. ❒