Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities


Saher Lalani
Toronto, Canada

“Stanbridge College – Hemodialysis Skills Lab.” Crop of photo by Monirb on Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0.

for Bapu

He is eighty and on dialysis.
Bound to machines and
frequents the hospital.

He gasps while coughing.
All I can do is give him
water and some tissue.

He wipes his mouth, seated
upright, resting in a chair.
Then, silence ensues.

He points to the table.
Remember the Eid feast?

Foodie at heart,
he must crave foods
now not allowed,
his meals restricted.

His special lunch arrives.
He feeds me a spoonful
like the times we ate
papdi-chaat at the bazaar.

SAHER LALANI is the author of the poetry chapbook Beloved Mother.

Winter 2024



2 responses

  1. WOW. Another Bravo publication in a n important journal.

  2. Very nice .MashaAllah.
    Very artistically written that you can imagine the scene.

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