Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities


Person with lung cancer
A CXR of a person with lung cancer causing superior vena cava syndrome. Photo by James Heilman, MD. Via Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Paul Rousseau
Charleston, South Carolina, United States


The fact Is
they are there,
gathered like a
clutter of popcorn,
some kernels,
others fluffy white swirls,
but they are there,
bound to a glob
of shambolic cells
curled in the corner
of the right lung
beneath seams
of tar and tobacco.




PAUL ROUSSEAU is a semi-retired physician and writer published in The Healing Muse, Blood and Thunder, Hektoen International, Intima. A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The Human Touch, Pulse. Voices From the Heart of Medicine, Please See Me, Months To Years, (mac)ro(mic), 433 Literary Magazine, Sunspot Literary Magazine, The Examined Life, Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Tendon, and others. Nominated for The Best Small Fictions anthology from Sonder Press, 2020. Lover of dogs.


Fall 2021  |  Sections  |  Poetry

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