Poem: ghosts

mb39-Ghosts1i watched a woman die tonight a forty-nine-year-old woman with a sudden, massive stroke we did everything quickly we did everything right and still, she didn’t make it

my day in the emergency room was a twelve-hour-long adrenaline rush it was only later, after, that i realized:

this woman wasn’t ready to die

a lively african-american woman just forty-nine years old with a loving husband and children she wasn’t ready to die

death is a daily event in the san francisco general hospital’s emergency room

i spent the rest of the evening in meditation

walking the mission district meditation staring out over the bay meditation tears meditation sitting meditation breathing meditation hot milk and croissants meditation angel song meditation reading Buddhist poetry meditation

writing meditation

tonight i go to sleep wondering if ghosts will be visiting me in my dreams

— By Dzung Vo

Dzung Vo,Tam Lien Ban, Healing Root of the Source, is a Vietnamese-American, pursuing his residency training in pediatrics in San Francisco

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