My profession often requires me to stay silent in the face of suffering and humiliation. In doing so, I found my voice—and myself.

1. So much of medicine depends on maintaining silence. Doctors are told secrets, taught over a period of years how to respond. The expression on a face transforms “stranger” into “patient.” We bear witness, not turning away from any form of suffering, even if it triggers us. …

Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Writer&poet. Recipient Dzanc Books Story Prize collection 10/18 forthcoming. WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS. PREORDER 3/18. #poetryofresistance.chayabhuvaneswar.com

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