Richard Lackman

Veteran Poet - 1,206 Points (Philadelphia)

The Wrong Diagnosis - Poem by Richard Lackman

Oh God you know how hard I try
To understand the how and why
Of each decision that I make
If only for my patients' sake

But deep inside I am aware
No matter how much I might care
Some diagnoses will be wrong
As surely as the day is long

How can I cope with my mistakes
How will my confidence not break
How can I bear their suffering
And all the guilt which it will bring

I am no God but just a man
No worse and yet no better than
Any ordinary Joe
Or anyone whom you might know

I have taken on this task
But after years I have to ask
Can I continue on this path
Risking yet another's wrath

I suppose all I can do
Is move along and see this through
Remembering how hard I tried
Humility out-pacing pride

Topic(s) of this poem: sickness

Form: Ballad

Comments about The Wrong Diagnosis by Richard Lackman

  • (1/15/2020 5:07:00 PM)

    Each line flooded with rhyme from the womb of rhythm, really delighted me with sweetness of impalpable pleasure.
    I do adore your unbelievable creativity of managing breath and beats in dead words. Magnificent articulation skill worthy for praising.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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