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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1179

Beneath daybreak

Department of Neurology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission23-Sep-2022
Date of Acceptance05-Oct-2022
Date of Web Publication04-Nov-2022

Correspondence Address:
Divyani Garg
Room 837, Department of Neurology, Super Specialty Block, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - 110 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.aian_789_22

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Garg D. Beneath daybreak. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2022;25:1179

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The moon used to be in your limpid eyes

Clear, strong, perfect

Growth charts used to declare satisfying normalcy

The vaccine nurse's lucky charm

She said you never cried, a godsend

Till that madness of a night, its fury,

You were so hot and small, a live coal, my arms burned

When we carried you to the ER

The seizing began soon after

So much energy in your tiny body

Fit after fit, day after day, pleomorphic, medusa-like,

A marvel, I thought, that a little brain

Could possess so much zeal

To perform.

Now we are on a blend of things

A fistful of drugs, a fat/protein-large diet for you

And a lifetime of patience

And a lot of learning to be still, for me

With these, I hope to offset

Your fiery activity

That Dravet kid, the doctors call you

I know it is you they are talking about

Seniors quizzing juniors

Name the gene, name the drugs, name the this-and-that.

You must be an oddity, a rarity

I try not to Google

Some idiosyncrasies even I should have, to match.

Some days are kind

Our evenings pass quietly into moonless dusk

Tonight, I can hear the leaves murmur sleepily

And the curtains yawn long.

And the neighborhood chatter-

The new supposed blockbuster is out now

But it is overhyped and a waste of money

I learn through them.

I don't read/watch TV/surf Instagram anymore

These are superficial things, things of froth and bubble

When one becomes a supreme hospital regular

As you and I are, and will continue to be.

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