that oft travelled path

hard to traverse and understand

healing scar tissue keeps tripping one up

on those ever-larger keloids

memories of the past

calm, heal, infuriate

foot sore, weary, burnt and blistered

searching for recovery, healing

crossing over to the other side

searching for another

I see peace

in my eyes

or another’s

© 2018 michael d emmerich

Ambulance Today – Spring Edition 2018

The Spring Edition for 2018, has hit the shelves, its live now in Ambulance Today. Click on the link below to download and read the magazine and my article on page 40, where I ask the question:

Can we Develop the Ideal Emergency Medicine Response System in Africa?

Ambulance Today – Spring Edition 2018

Besides the above article, the magazine is littered with so many other good reads – from Children in the ambulance – How do paramedics go about psychosocial care? , Volutape: solving the ventilator setting problem for critical patients, NAEMT Education: Helping to Improve Patient Outcomes in the Field and Letter from Amsterdam: Till death do us part.

To all the followers of this page, if you want to see an article written about any specific aspect of Emergency Care on the African continent, or get me to interview a key role player, drop me a mail. Equally, if you have any news items you would like us to run either in our magazine or on our daily-updated global ambulance news website please make contact.

To my fellow passionate EMS friends across the world, I trust you are enjoying this journey, as we continue to explore this fascinating continent. Till then be safe out there and stay passionate – Enjoy!

Absence Divides

clouds roll over the horizon

blanketing my mind

this dark gray heavy mass unfurled

creating an epitaph of confusion

despite all the love and protection

that enveloped us

absence drove a wedge

splitting your heart in twain

that twisted spear of absence

oh how I wish I could turn back

and lose myself in you

again ….

found my world in you

lost myself with you

now I am lost, alone

having lost my world

© 2018 michael d emmerich

Bleeding Words

writing is when you get stabbed

and you choose to bleed words out onto the page 


instead of spilling your blood on the ground

bleed through your words


stain the pages with your passion and pain

© 2018 michael d emmerich

Awaiting a New Dawn

night runs to day

light chases the dark

 is the pain receding

what approaches over the horizon?

the time of evening starlight fades

the lamps grow dim

in the approaching new dawn

show me where it hurts?

turning westward

facing my fading shadow

as a new dawn rips it from me

splitting me in two

what is lost might not be found

I feel the void upon my thoughts

I contemplate the other side

as I wait for

.... paradise?

© 2018 michael d emmerich

Colours of the Congo

I so do love the bright vibrant colours of The DRC at this time of the year, at the tail end of the rainy season. Dark clouds are still rolling in bringing afternoon and evening thunder storms, the rich greens of the forest and that distinctive red soil of Africa.


I long for the sound of your voice

caressing my cheek

your lilting laugh

your upturned smile

to hear your laughter

to laugh with you

for you to laugh at me


I long

for you


© 2018 michael d emmerich