CERTIFIED LISTENER POET
The Good Listening Project is a non-profit that "cultivates resilience and well-being in healthcare communities."
In practicum for the certification I received through The Good Listening Project, I met with five people negotiating various aspects of healthcare--some patients, some doctors
or nurses. Then, I wrote a poem and an origin story to commemorate each conversation.
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Origin Story: “The Mind is a Rabbit Making Warrens of its Grief”
Four weeks ago, the fourteen-year-old nephew of this Lead Innovation Specialist at a university hospital was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer: “I’m getting to see the other side of medicine. Normally, I work in innovation, commercialization, and idea development, not in the clinical end. I wonder if these medical professionals, in caring for people who face such insurmountable odds, walk around all the time carrying this weight I’m hauling now.”
To help her family bear the devastating diagnosis, she leans on her strengths, scheduling doctor’s visits and keeping a calendar for her sister and brother-in-law. Facing such heartache, however, the mind burrows and spirals in its own directions. She finds herself bargaining sometimes, philosophizing others. She can feel guilty one second, and the next, utterly helpless: “It’s like there’s a rabbit in my head,” she explained, “and I’m just trying to get the rabbit to hop a little less.”
Listener Poet Moriah Cohen
Online Listening Session
April 6, 2023