Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Best friends for never

Ariya Mobaraki
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Three people contemplate the cadaver of Saint Petronilla, similar to the examination medical students perform
Three people contemplate the cadaver of Saint Petronilla. Etching by James Basire, 1764, after Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino… Credit: Wellcome Collection.  (CC BY 4.0)

I stand looking over you,

Wishing I could turn back time.

Wondering what wisdom you would give me,

Back in your prime.


You opened yourself up to me,

In a way that most of my friends cannot.

A part of you that was intrinsic to your life,

Means more to me; More than you would have thought.


I could not describe in mere words,

The honor and respect that you have attained.

The future patients you and I will heal together,

Will grant us both a lifetime and after-lifetime of happiness gained.


You have my utmost gratitude,

And I could envision you as my best friend.

Perhaps someday I will be able to meet you,

So we can make new memories together once again.




ARIYA MOBARAKI is a 4th-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is currently aspiring to become a compassionate OB/GYN and Women’s Health advocate. Ariya has always been fervent about music and the arts. Since early childhood, he always resorts to thinking outside of the box with the goal of making others smile. He inherited this trait from his mother, a survivor of breast cancer who has lived with epilepsy for a majority of her life. His time spent caring for her has given Ariya the motivation to pursue meaningful connections with others by using poetry, art, and music as several of many gateways.


Fall 2020  |  Sections  |  Poetry

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