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Love Language

They shared a language
Created and known only amongst each other,
Used to give one another a taste of health in times of worry
The tongue they spoke best 

His vowels roll off the curves of her being;
Her hushed whispers blanketing his habitus;
Their affirmations undulating in a beat;
For they knew to read every letter between the lines

Even after fouling their vocabulary
With colloquial dialects
They never forgot their tongue
Even if they never speak it anymore

The purpose of this poem is understanding other people. It relates to my other poems: “Learning,” “Again” and “To Laugh.” Showing empathy is not a rote decision. It is not black and white for every person. People feel differently, and using one method on everyone causes things to be lost in translation. Each person feels and emotes in their own language. We, as prospective physicians, have to tap into that dialect to first understand that person and then to speak it back so that our intention to treat and heal can be understood.

 Image credit: Custom artwork by the author for this Mosaic in Medicine piece.

Saud Rehman (2 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

CUNY School of Medicine

Saud is a first generation third year medical student at the CUNY School of medicine from Brooklyn. Saud has interests in interventional radiology, patient centered care, and educational medicine. Saud uses poetry and artistic visuals as a form of expression & catharsis. His other interests include hiking, bike-riding, cooking, and basketball.