Medicine, from the heart . . . Alexander Blount

March 17, 2011

Each Thursday, the Daily Voice showcases selected Thursday Morning Memos, reflective essays about clinical experiences written by faculty, residents and alumni of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health. Thursday Morning Memos is UMass Medical School’s homegrown version of narrative medicine, in which the authors process their experiences through writing. To learn more: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/articles/2011/personal_stories.aspx? 


In the form of a poem, Alexander Blount, EdD, professor of family medicine & community health, articulates at least one success story, if not two or three—even amidst a story that may not end completely well. 

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Pushups with Brett 

Nothing inspires like a dawn bathroom floor, 


Square up with the lines or see where the hands fall? 

If not now, when? 

One-two-three-one 

He is done for good this time, 

He said it before, now it’s got to be true. 

One-two-three-two 

Look at his face, look at those eyes, 

Like a beagle after a hunt, spent.

One-two-three-three 

He set all those records, always showed up, 

Couldn’t rest on his laurels. 

One-two-three-four 

He’s going back to Mississippi, 

Brains are probably scrambled. 

One-two-three-five 

No one fought so hard against the end. 

One-two-three-six 

Finally, it’s just about the fight. 

One-two-three-seven 

He did not go gently, 

One-two-three-eight 

One-two-three-nine 

Me neither. 

One-two-three-ten.