Slavena Salve Nissan
New York, New York, United States


“with her grandfather
in the lobby of the cancer building“

this is the third time this week

a baby girl in a pink hat
with her grandfather
in the lobby of the cancer building

me at the table next to them
tuna sandwich unwrapped
but suddenly not hungry

i know why they’re here

he whispers things to her
a lullaby?
an i love you?

i can’t
catch it

it’s not for me
to hear




SLAVENA SALVE NISSAN, is an aspiring physician-writer and a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She was introduced to poetry as a second grader, and it was love at first sight. Her work has been published in in-Training and The Pharos.


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