Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

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  • Wandering lonely as a cloud

    Dean Gianakos Lynchburg, Virginia, US   Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash.  I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the…

  • Reading poems, saving lives

    Dean Gianakos Virginia, United States   Men and women who tout the value of poetry like to refer to a stanza in William Carlos Williams’ famous love poem, “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”, written in 1947: It is difficult To get the news from poems Yet men die miserably every day For lack Of what is…