Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Remembering Dr. Z

Each year I looked into his face.

Gracious always, he knew what to say,

allayed my fears repeatedly,

greeted me like a friend.

Spending a moment

meant everything.

Bringing warmth to cold,

holding my shaking hand,

standing taller because he knew.

True survivor,

pure voice strong and deep,

keeping hope, he lived

giving it too.

Truly a good man

and a rare physician.

Note: I wrote this poem for Guillermo Zambrano, M.D. He was a radiologist who faithfully read my mammograms every year for over 15 years. He survived his own battle with throat cancer but tragically died in an automobile accident this past Friday. He will be missed.

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Sunday Mini Challenge, Chained Rhyme


Unknown said...

you allow us to see the wonder of this special man. thank you for that. i am sorry for your loss.

hedgewitch said...

My sympathies LM,, it's hard to lose a good doctor, and a good man so purposelessly. You used this form very purely, and it has the solemn feel of bardic poetry to me, which makes it true to its origins. You show how effective simplicity can be. Thank you for choosing it to convey this personal narrative.

Brian Miller said...

sounds like quite the guy...that personal touch does go a long way...especially for a doctor and someone you have to trust....

Other Mary said...

My sympathies on the loss of your doctor and friend. This is a beautiful tribute to him. I hope you share it with his family.

Judy Roney said...

A rare physician indeed. This is lovely and makes me want to look for another physician. :)

Mary said...

I really do like the way you used the form flawlessly to honor this doctor who had been important to you!


Kay L. Davies said...

A warm and wonderful tribute to someone who meant a lot to you, Ms Mouse. I'm glad you had him in your life as long as you did.

not displayed said...

A wonderful caring doctor can be so very hard to find.

So very sorry for your loss

Hugs xx

Kerry O'Connor said...

How wonderful to read this tribute to a man who gave so much care to others. Your attention to the rhymes and every other word is testament to how much he meant to you.

Hannah said...

Tears. So touching...I'm honored that you've shared such a poignantly captured piece of him with us. Blessings. ♥

Helena said...

Oh, my. How utterly tragic. My hubby and I were exchanging a similar tale just this afternoon. You've no doubt lost a friend as well. *hugs*