Losing the Forest for the Trees

Running, running, the world a blur. 
Mind racing, thoughts tumbling,
I stumble and fall, only to realize my feelings.

I look up, I see you, but do you see me?
You there – in that tree – so high and mighty!
Thinking you are above me?
You there – Doubt and Uncertainty,
Pain, Anger, Sadness, and Ambiguity –
Why don’t you come down and sit with me?
Have tea, just be, just breathe, here, with me.

Down here with me you can just be,
Be what you are without affecting me.
Here, no judgement lies between you and me, 
Now let us sit together in a forest of serenity.


 Richmond, VA

Having graduated from medical school with my MD in May 2015, I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in a surgical research lab at Virginia Commonwealth University. During graduate school I developed situational depression and anxiety, for which I found relief in writing and drawing. 

For poetry month with a topic of "The Present of Presence", I submitted this poem that I wrote within 10-15 minutes after coming from a mindful / meditation class, which seemed to fit in just beautifully.