Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Flesh on flesh

Paul Rousseau
Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Flesh on flesh
Holding hands. Photo by Jclk8888 on Pixabay. Via Wikimedia. Public domain.


There is a solace to flesh on flesh,  

a laying on of the hands, a ritual of caring, 

but now, in our distant worlds, 

we hide in pixeled foxholes, 

tap, tap, tapping on computers, tablets, and cell phones, 

the patient unseen and untouched.





PAUL ROUSSEAU (he/his/him) is a semi-retired physician, writer, lover of dogs, and occasional photographer published in sundry literary and medical journals. Nominated for The Best Small Fictions anthology from Sonder Press, 2020. Twitter: @ScribbledCoffee


Winter 2022  |  Sections  |  Poetry

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