Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   July 2020
Surgical Progress?
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology, Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado. nathaniel.j.brown@ucdenver.edu.
  • Accepted for publication July 6, 2020.
    Accepted for publication July 6, 2020.×
Article Information
Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   July 2020
Surgical Progress?
Anesthesiology Newly Published on July 29, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003489
Anesthesiology Newly Published on July 29, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003489
A plume from the electrocautery disperses its cancerous fragrance as
incense on the altar
of our achievement.
A blue wall of crisp, disposable cloth separates
me from the high priest of the operating
room:
She whose lot it is to offer incense by carving the flesh
of the willing.
Their screams used to pierce the silent hallways that took them far away
from the wards,
long before this particular incense first blossomed from a motionless body.
Progress gleams and reassures the initiates.
I keep them still, comfortable,
noiseless, and they rest
strapped to the soft-enough altar.
Now we hold a silent center stage.