Again! – A Poem

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***Please note that it’s not about my own life; I’ve only tried to show how health professionals here and in some other countries are being treated nowadays. And also I’m a medical student, not a doctor yet.

An old man
Lying in front of me;
One foot in the grave
As we could see.
Crying and begging
To save his life,
There they were‐
His son and wife!

A delicate situation
But couldn’t be unheeded.
To fulfill my duty,
I proceeded.
We tried and tried,
As much as we could!
A living body in an instant
Lying like a block of wood.

Suddenly, people started
Throwing stones at me;
Made me believe
How cruel this world can be!
These young hands and feet
Were getting tired;
The character inside me
Almost died!

I rued the day
I chose to be a doctor!
All of a sudden
I remembered my daughter:
Waiting for me
To breastfeed her;
But all I saw was
Haze and blur!

The byname of a murderer
Began to rain!
Head was bleeding,
And heart in so much pain.
All the hard works
Went in vain;
The same old incident
Repeated again!

My husband might have been
Waiting for me:
With a hug full of love,
Kisses and a cup of tea!
How he might have been
Watching news:
How a doctor
Got beaten up with shoes!


But this time,
His wife was the one to endure pain!

So many protests,
But still no gain!

Yes, the same old incident-
Repeated AGAIN!

P.S.- I don’t know how many of you could relate this poem or have seen/heard such incidents ever in your life. But this has become a serious issue in our country. Health professionals here are nowadays beaten up like criminals whereas criminals are roaming around freely like they haven’t done anything at all. Just a few weeks ago, a doctor got beaten up just because he requested people to maintain social distance and wear a mask. And this wasn’t the first time a health professional got injured. A few days ago, I heard in an interview where a doctor was telling how health professionals nowadays are using a diaper continuously for 8 hours while treating COVID-19 patients in an ICU without eating anything and drinking not even a single drop of water, and how they are using PPE continuously, while the other people aren’t even wearing a single mask (that too for saving themselves). Isn’t that heart-wrenching? And how can I forget the day when one of our professors told us how he completed MBBS and MD with a dream of treating a patient but at last got afraid of getting hit and chose to be a professor so that he could get some respect. I can never forget the pain and fear I saw in his eyes that day.


165 replies on “Again! – A Poem”

A wonderful poetry with which you address these horrible tendencies. We must all, always and in all places, live and demand mutual respect and esteem. Unfortunately, even here in Europe, there have been physical attacks on train controllers, policemen… who are doing their job in the interests of everyone’s health in these difficult times. There is so much ignorance and hatred. We must not allow these trends to increase but stand up and speak out against. Brava!

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Interesting. Coincidentally, one of the Writer’s Workshop characters in my blog is a female Doctor from Nepal. I had no idea what they were going through over there. Thanks for visiting and as we say in the Wild West “fare thee well, pilgrim.” Peace be the Botendaddy


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