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There is a darkness lingering above.

Alive and breathable,

Short, shallow breaths.

Panting,

Staccato,

Stridor,

Wheezing.

Full of sickness,

He appears in front of me.

Upon entering these hospital rooms,

I wonder…

What is the cost

To those precious little ones –

The cost of the days in their life?

Some only have a few

To pass away from this place.

The light shines through the window –

A beacon of life.

I say to his mother,

“He will be here for several days, maybe weeks. “

She asks,

“Should we stay?” He just got home on Monday.

With bacteria in his blood,

We have to process and observe

Her 5 month old child.

He lived in the hospital longer than he was in the womb.

What is the cost

At its evolution,

To his parents,

To his twin?

Yet to send them home,

The cost could be his life.

This is the real darkness

It lingers behind my words.


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Kelly wigglesworth Kelly Wigglesworth (3 posts)

Contributing writer

University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine

Kelly Wigglesworth is a third year medical student in Class 2022 at the Anschutz School of Medicine at the University of Colorado. In 2016, Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Classical Humanities from Biola University in La Mirada, California. Throughout her life she has been an adventurer and lover of all living things. Between clinics and research, Kelly gardens, runs, paints, writes poetry, and flees to the mountains to snowboard or hike. She loves God and is passionate about recognizing the spiritual and psychological elements of health: both in the medical field and through poetry. After graduating, Kelly plans to become a pediatrician.


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