Salem, Oregon, USA
Poet’s statement: My medical writing is informed by my fascination with how humans accept and sometimes deny reality.
|Events of the day
Tomorrow I will tell Mr. Smith,
who is compulsively tidy,
that he has Parkinson’s disease,and say “epilepsy” to Mr. Alexander,
the 27-year-old trucker
who might have to pull over at 28,before I listen to Ms. Jones
describe her headaches, memory loss,
and insomnia which, if truth be told,as it sometimes is in medicine, stem
from the abuse she suffered
before she was twelve.A lunch of humble pie—a fortunate familiarityfollowed by more patient stories
each ornamented with symptoms
like the altar of a baroque chapel.
Before my drive home
renewable discovery, an afternoon cup
Daffodils and trees by Michael Patterson
MICHAEL WYNN, DO is a neurologist practicing in Salem, Oregon since 1997. After residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, he completed a stroke fellowship and became board certified in vascular neurology. His poetry has been published in or is in press with The Cortland Review, Untitled Country Review, JAMA, and Neurology.
Highlighted in Frontispiece Fall 2011 – Volume 3, Issue 3