Education  |   August 2019
Author Notes
  • The poem is one of the finalists of Anesthesiology’s 2018 annual creative writing competition, The Letheon.
Article Information
Education / Mind to Mind / Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Ophthalmologic Anesthesia / Pediatric Anesthesia / Radiological and Other Imaging
Education   |   August 2019
Anesthesiology 8 2019, Vol.131, 438. doi:
Anesthesiology 8 2019, Vol.131, 438. doi:
Slow-drip dilutes the blood,
Count backwards from ten.
Ward clock swells
to its own universe.
Scant light to tell
fox from shadow,
woodland trail
from river.
On the cusp of sleep
it lifts its head,
roused to peak
by the deadfall snap
of trespassing feet,
endless trudging
through an echo-chamber skull.
Woods recede in its eye
to dragonfly glow,
bastion night-light
in a child’s room.
Dawn will not come
without its say-so.
The fox bows to the river,
laps darkness.
Ward clock flips
to a new hour.