Marsh Hawk Review is an online poetry journal sponsored by the Marsh Hawk Press collective. Marsh Hawk Review will appear twice a year, under the revolving editorship of collective members. Each issue will offer a selection of poems solicited by the editor, in addition to new work posted by poets in the collective.

Monday, March 7, 2011

ANNY BALLARDINI

Another 1 For My Father




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THE ABC OF JOBS:


And Their Connections in an Elementary Interwoven Intertextuality





DOCTOR









The physician's high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.1





1 His mission is not, however, to construct so-called systems, by interweaving empty speculations and hypotheses concerning the internal essential nature of the vital processes and the mode in which diseases originate in the interior of the organism, (whereon so many physicians have hitherto ambitiously wasted their talents and their time); nor is it to attempt to give countless explanations regarding the phenomena in diseases and their proximate cause (which must ever remain concealed), wrapped in unintelligible words and an inflated abstract mode of expression, which should sound very learned in order to astonish the ignorant - whilst sick humanity sighs in vain for aid. Of such learned reveries (to which the name of theoretic medicine is given, and for which special professorships are instituted) we have had quite enough, and it is now high time that all who call themselves physicians should at length cease to deceive suffering mankind with mere talk, and begin now, instead, for once to act, that is, really to help and to cure.


From Organon of Medicine by Samuel Hahnemann, 5th translated by Dudgeon; 6th Edition translated by Boericke. Online : http://www.homeoint.org/books/hahorgan/organ001.htm#P1






c.1300, "Church father," from O.Fr. doctour, from M.L. doctor "religious teacher, adviser, scholar," in classical L. "teacher," agent noun from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "holder of highest degree in university" is first found late 14c.; as is that of "medical professional" (replacing native leech (2)), though this was not common till late 16c. The transitional stage is exemplified in Chaucer’s Doctor of phesike (Latin physica came to be used extensively in M.L. for medicina). Similar usage of the equivalent of doctor is colloquial in most European languages: cf. It. dottore, Fr. docteur, Ger. doktor, Lith. daktaras, though these are typically not the main word in those languages for a medical healer. For similar evolution, cf. Skt. vaidya- “medical doctor,” lit. “one versed in science.” Ger. Arzt, Du. arts are from L.L. archiater, from Gk. arkhiatros “chief healer,” hence “court physician.” Fr. médecien is a back formation from médicine, replacing O.Fr. miege, from L. medicus.



1590s, "to confer a degree on," from doctor (n.). Meaning "to treat medically" is from 1712; sense of "alter, disguise, falsify" is from 1774. Related: Doctored; doctoring.






doctors must heal


poets must write poetry


writers must write stories


teachers must teach


carpenters must work wood


embroiders must embroider


politicians must do politics


salesmen must sell


models must exhibit fashion


whores must sell their bodies


pimps must market prostitutes


doctors must heal


plumbers must fix pipes


construction workers must work with bricks


priests must preach


drivers must drive


sailors must sail


rapists must rape


doctors must heal


liars must tell fibs to save themselves


fishermen must fish


hunters must hunt


farmers must grow vegetables


breeders must breed animals


typists must type


freight movers must move freight


machine operators must operate machines


skiers must ski


boxers must box


doctors must heal


fuckers must fuck


guards must guard


journalists must report


mathematicians must do mathematics


translators must translate


musicians must play music


critics must review


flimmakers must make films


playwrights must write plays


actors must act


wankers must wank


doctors must heal


killers must kill


thieves must steal


watchmen must watch


policemen must prevent & detect crimes


god must be


lawyers must know the law


doctors must heal


cotton pickers must pick cotton


soldiers must fight


cooks must cook


waiters must wait on tables


cleaners must clean


secretaries must do secretarial jobs


insurers must insure


knitters must knit


saints must do miracles


walkers must walk


electricians must work with electricity


physicists must know physics


painters must paint


wine producers must produce wine


iron workers must work with iron


miners must mine


murderers must murder


doctors must heal


torturers must torture


spies must spy


detectives must detect


investigators must investigate


mothers must make children


fathers must father


factory workers must work in a factory


generals must lead an army


angels must protect


shepherds must pasture sheep


informers must denounce those


doctors who do not heal


doctors must heal


beasts must be beasts


weight lifters must lift weights


book-binders must bind books


snowmen must freeze & then melt


butchers must kill animals and cut up meat


doctors must heal


witches must do evil deeds


devils must rule those who must suffer in eternity








the present poem is dedicated to several of the doctors I have unluckily and recently met following my father’s ischemic stroke that seized him on July 16, 2010. He was first taken to the Ospedale di Santa Chiara in Trento, department of Medicina 1, doctors Susanna Cozzio and Doctor Dimitri Peterlana, Head of Ward Dr. Paolo Dalrì from July 16 to August 4; then to Villa Rosa, Pergine Valsugana (TN) under Dr. Marco Degasperi, Head Dr. Nunzia Mazzini, from August 4 to September 27; and finally back to the previous hospital again: Ospedale di Santa Chiara in Trento, department of Medicina 1, doctors Susanna Cozzio and Doctor Dimitri Peterlana, Head of Ward Dr. Paolo Dalrì. On October 13, 2010 he was sent back home to rot in a bed and to date he has been rotting for exactly two months and twelve days.





p.s.: Doctor Susanna Cozzio is the sister-in-law of my sister.





Saturday, December 25, 2010


Christmas Day


Bolzano, Italy





© Anny Ballardini












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