Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, Pennsylvania, United States
Poet’s statement: The loss of an unborn child through miscarriage, abortion, or premature death is always a highly charged emotional event for the parents. My poem is an attempt to not only capture the emotion of such an event but also to be mindful that life is renewed. The inspiration for “Plaintive Music” came from the loss of an unborn child that affected me and my wife.
On that day in waning winter
the brightest star Sirius could still
of our unborn child wrapped
Now in the last days of summer
dormancy on journeys marked
to hold such plaintive music
Photography by Luis Argerich
RON DOMEN, MD, is professor of pathology, medicine, and humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He has taught medical humanities to medical students and is also a member of the The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State’s College of Medicine. His poems have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies.