The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Floor

In all the hallways: Glossy shots
….. and capsule narratives
of Rachel, Kasim, Hailey, Mo,
….. the ones who got to live.

They never put up posters, do they,
….. of the ones they couldn’t save?
Naomi, Hunter, Mickey, Julie,
….. whose hearts were just as “brave”

until a seismographic
….. zigzag ECG
buckled the ribcage, tumbled the heart
….. headlong into the sea,

a dozen whitecoats clustered bedside
….. or trooping up the stairs,
the mother sobbing on her phone
….. assured and ushered clear

while a panicked student, or panicked intern,
….. two fingertips on Kyle’s chest
compressed, compressed, compressed, compressed,
….. compressed, compressed, compressed

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar's new book is a translation of the Bhagavad-Gita with commentary entitled Godsong (Knopf, 2018). A diagnostic and nuclear radiologist, as well as the former Poet Laureate of Ohio and an internationally published novelist, he lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
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Author: Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar's new book is a translation of the Bhagavad-Gita with commentary entitled Godsong (Knopf, 2018). A diagnostic and nuclear radiologist, as well as the former Poet Laureate of Ohio and an internationally published novelist, he lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife and three children.