Terra Beek, BSN ’15, a master’s FNP student and staff nurse at UNC Hospitals Emergency Department had her poem (below) accepted for publication by UNC’s Health Humanities Journal. The poem appeared in their fall 2018 issue.
To the patient in the blue gown in room 74
To the patient in the blue gown in room 74—
Did you know today would be the day?
Faded blue jeans, a red striped shirt, tossed on the floor,
All at once a panic, a flurry of motion—
Like a well-coordinated danse macabre.
Nurses in blue swirl around the room as white coats conform on a lifeless body…
GRAB the code cart
START the IV line (a 16 gauge at least)
RUN the normal saline
The beads of sweat incessant—
Words shout—ALL CLEAR!—
And your body lifts into the air
The danse macabrebegins again…
And now, such silence.
The soft ‘beep, beep’ drags on but the danseis over.
Purple manicured nails rest easily on a bedrail,
A weary mother caresses a cheek.
To the patient in the blue gown in room 74,
Did you know today would be the day
You would learn to live again?
Terra Scarlette Beek