Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

The blue pain

Shirali Raina
Noida, India


Photography and digital effects
by Shirali Raina

His black smudged,
The white blurred,
Grey and only grey
His shadowed world.
Breathing in doubt,
Breathing out dread.
Angels in his heart,
And demons in the head.

His mind in tatters,
Blue, blue the pain.
Shunned and ragged,
The world of insane.
Mutes of the dusk,
Dawns of half dead.
Angels in his heart.
And demons in the head.

Oh ! The temptation
Of the fatal bait.
Reach out, embrace him,
Heal the cracked fate.
Uphill, the difficult good
Downhill, the easy bad.
Angels in his heart.
Put angels in the head.



SHIRALI RAINA, MD, completed medical school at the University of Kashmir and trained in Clinical Research at ICIC (Instituto Costarricense de Investigaciones Clinicas) in San Jose, Costa Rica. She consults for the research and pharmaceutical industry and has a keen interest in writing about human and social values. Some of her articles have been previously published and she maintains an online blog.


Spring 2017  |  Sections  |  Poetry

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