Rural pharmacy placement

  • Forest track amongst trees with bright green ground cover

[Image: Michael Leach]

 

i.

names of drugs & people

on my mind—

labels on my fingers

 

ii.

i speak with the patient—

a friendly face

for a new name

 

iii.

the pharmacist calls

a doc to discuss

polypharmacy

 

iv.

in borrowed gumboots,

i shadow the vet

as she numbs the horse’s flank

 

v.

i pour water into

graduated

glassware

—meniscus rises

 

vi.

alone

at night in my motel

room—i journal

then study

 

vii.

end of placement—

the pharmacist gives a gift

from front of shop

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