Practicing Medicine

Medicine is a wondrous and messy mix

of science and art, of mind and of heart

as practitioners, we are the masters of this finger-painting renaissance

Even after all that we’ve discovered

about health and ills

Medicine remains

Full of mysteries still

We’ve come far but there is much further yet to go

though we will never know

all there is to know

Although the ideal may not meet the real

we practice medicine nonetheless

we practice when we’re feeling well

and we practice when we are under duress

We do our best and hope

that our patients will grant us patience

as we stumble on

welcoming new medical advances

with each breaking dawn

Our patients are the ones driving

the medical bus we ride without end

death does not stop our collective quest:

on the road of discovery, death is only a bend

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