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POETRY IN ONCOLOGY
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 755-756

Spare the warriors!


Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission14-Sep-2020
Date of Decision20-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance23-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication25-Dec-2020

Correspondence Address:
Mansi Khanderia
Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/crst.crst_288_20

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How to cite this article:
Khanderia M. Spare the warriors!. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:755-6

How to cite this URL:
Khanderia M. Spare the warriors!. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 26];3:755-6. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/4/755/304967



We too have our lives, our struggles, our losses.

Yet we work “not” from home,

for one common goal,

to battle one common enemy.

Wearing multiple layers of plastic,

with PPE, masks, and visors,

that are meant to shield not just us.

We find it hard to breathe.

We sweat and sometimes we bleed.

Spend more energy to be heard.

We itch and sometimes we faint.

But stay put on the task.

The task of not letting your health slip by,

and to stop you when you let your mask slip by.

Just to get accused of being rude in return?

As if we are a roadblock on your way to have fun!

Engrossed in work we lose track of time,

till we hear a scream,

from someone whose dear one was brought in a little too late.

One of us just said “Sorry, he lost the battle,

maybe it was written in fate.”

The shift was getting over

The mayhem got tougher to handle,

We requested the security to step in

to guard us from the broken beer bottles

and took the fire exit as per code violet protocol.

On my way back home I see

hawkers flooded with customers and a lot of cheer.

The pan shop is crowded with a gang of friends,

sharing a few cigarettes and some bottles of beer.

All without masks and without any fear.

“My mask protects you as your mask protects me”

I hold the urge to reiterate and create a scene.

“Maybe fatigue has overtaken them too, not just me”

I mutter to myself, frown and towards home I steer.

To rush for a shower,

and quickly wash off the danger.

Nothing more than a warm supper

and a warm cuddle I crave for.

After winding up the kitchen and some more chores,

I gear up for another battle,

this time with slumber.

Hours of pondering, tossing and turning later

I finally manage to catch a wink.

Only to be woken up by a phone call

to help arrange a bed for a friend's relative

before he sinks.

The morning drudgery gets done

in a semi drowsy state,

Till I take back charge

from those who stood all night on guard

fixing things that were broken.

Well, not all could be fixed.

Some got mended, some broke,

Some just stabilized enough to pull on till the next shift.

Back on the battleground,

we gear up and disperse.

Some of us in the ICU,

Breathing hard to make some breathe better.

The rest of us in the OPD,

Screaming harder to make ourselves heard.

To segregate what can wait and what can't any longer.

To convince some to stay home stay safe.

And

to urge others to rush to the hospital

before it's too late.

As we struggle with another patient,

we cannot help but mumble,

“Nothing seems to work, no matter how much we try.”

“What's essential? What's not? Who's essential? Who's not?”

“Such a horrible helpless state.”

“But can we not mull over this and focus on the airway please.”

Another mob barges in and vandalizes the place,

claiming their trust has been broken

and doctors are a disgrace.

Some of us got wounded,

Some of us got exhausted,

and couldn't keep up with the task.

Some of us lost the battle because

You got offended and didn't pull up your MASK!!

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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