Poems about patients, poverty and medicine.
I began writing poems during medical school. I have written over a hundred but only fifty are included in this book. Most of them are about patients, poverty and medicine - some have been shaped by my volunteer experiences in Haiti - and all of them serve as a personal reminder.
It is my hope that by sharing my poems I can raise awareness about the continued suffering of Haitians, and hopefully garner some financial support for those NGOs providing crucial medical care in Haiti.
Additionally I hope to encourage others to utilize their talents and contribute their time on a daily basis to such causes that do vital and life saving work (and not just during anniversaries of horrible events such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti).
This book by itself means nothing if all of us do not make a sustained effort to try to undo inaction against atrocities affecting so many vulnerable people in Haiti, and in many other parts of the world.
Varun Verma, MD
December 8, 2011
New York City