Two Poems//Eric Tran


Socratic Method

 

 

 

So student, say sinus rhythm, say sawtooth wave form—so what? Say sine and cosine, say sweat stain, say for certain: sick or not sick or somewhere in between. If sugars, say sliding scale, if STEMI say statin, if stumble say CT. If desat say support, if seizure say swordfight, if sterile, if stable, if someone else is consulting, then sigh and breathe. If fascia say dissection, if stoma say resection. Say stippled, say sanguine, say smell of burnt sugar. Say wheezes, say breath sounds, say sectioned and quartered. Say shopkeep, say sentinel, say sorry and your patient’s sobbing mother. Say Burney’s sign, say psoas, say stunted and failure to thrive. Say sucker punch, say accident, say femur snapped right in the center. Say sundown and Posey, say sunrise and handoff. Say suffering, say anything, stay curious. Grab your coat, son, I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Takotsubo

 

 

You thought what of these quarters

 

of clay and terracotta? These walls playing

 

indestructible, this deep, dark dwelling. Boy

 

you tossed this heavy hideaway overboard

 

and it sank like any loyal thing wants to.

 

Do you trust this hollowed vessel, that emptiness

 

which has no limits? Son, there is loss and anger

 

swarming and punching sure as entropy,

 

fight so fierce they break foundation first.

 

Broken open, the heart and hearth still warm

 

with enough fire and fuel. Place your ear

 

to that roar—each lick of an inside burning

 

itself to live. Let’s see that apex, hoist that rope.

 

Discover what grief fills your home today.

 

 

 

Eric Tran is a medical student at the University of North Carolina and holds an MFA from UNCW. He is  the winner of the 2015 New Delta Review Matt Clark Prose Award and was a finalist in the 2015 Indiana Review 1/2K Prize and the Tinderbox Poetry Prize. His work appears in or is forthcoming in Diagram, Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. For more, visit veryerictran.com