A Mother’s Letter

Dear daughter, let me tell you So that you can see through my lens too The story of my life spanning two continents I’ll share with you my innermost sentiments I came to this country as a young bride Apprehensive, with your father by my side A sheltered existence I had led until then Never…

Cancer

This is a question that unnerves most physicians- what if the disease that you specialize in treating is the one that ends up afflicting you? Here I have imagined an oncologist (cancer specialist) who gets diagnosed with the cancer that he has devoted his life to understanding and treating. I knew unnerving it would be…

The Fortune Teller

Stuck in a rut, without a vocation She scoured through horoscope sections for any insinuation That her life would soon on an upward swing be Bringing job prospects and money She alternated between job searches and horoscopes on the net Nothing was changing, she re-examined her skill set   With a flair for writing an…

The Caregiver

As a physician dealing with patients with advanced, often end-stage heart disease, I come across a lot of patients who are receiving excellent care at home by their family members who have sacrificed their personal lives to care for their loved ones. Our team has a support group for caregivers where they share stories about…

That first lecture..

Excited and nervous she was in equal measure To deliver a lecture that had cut into her time of leisure She had prepared her first talk with great attention To detail, meticulously she had made her slide presentation Spent hours in research, added vignettes carefully curated On each point, she had over hours deliberated College…

Forgiveness

The query: “At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?” And the answer: “Where was man?” ― William Styron, Sophie’s Choice I have lived my life haunted by The demons of the past, that dark sky Of Auschwitz- those whistles at the crack of dawn Mournful, menacing, trying to warn Each one of us alive that we could…

What do they sell?

“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” -Phil Libin, Evernote CEO Not long ago when people started a business There was a tangible product to sell for success There would be brick and…

A poetic tradition

“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”- Susan Lieberman So my six year old was given an assignment A poem about September he had to invent Nothing complicated, but it was great fun To put together rhyming lines…

Decluttered happiness

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein Towards a goal of happiness I tried to evaluate what I did need The answer came to in the form of an epiphany indeed One day as I was trying to go through…

The Motivational Speaker

Growing up in a world competitive Not enough slack she ever did give Herself, because her mantra throughout Was that patting herself on the back she could do without So she achieved new targets, never stopped to rest Reaching for a goal higher instead ** As time went by without realizing she Developed what appeared…

That day, before sunrise

He got out of bed, that day before sunrise Sleep had evaded him, that was not a surprise He felt anxious and excited in equal measure Those very last moments he would always treasure He was leaving home today, his flight was soon due To travel to a foreign land, explore vistas new As the…

Our assumptions

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”- Henry Winkler You meet each other after a while Greet each other with enthusiastic smiles You exchange usual pleasantries At the same time this opportunity you seize To appraise each other, to estimate What the other person has had on their plate While you were out of touch- more…