Posted by Tess Panizales
Within the bosom of Nepal’s southwestern mountains,
lies another life, challenged by its topography.
A culture of its own, surviving, and living life
the way it has existed and cherished,
the way it has evolved and learned.
Trodding through the rugged path,
coddling the sick over one’s arms, or
a makeshift cradle lugged by the community.
Reaching and hoping for help.
Bearing the burden of illness, carrying on the journey.
Seeking and longing for care,
that the refuge ahead provides compassion and love,
that the mission to be healed is within arms reach.
For the journey was and continues to be long,
and the burden needs solace.
Tess Panizales is the Quality Program Manager of the Department of Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health.