Do No Harm

“First do no harm” – Primum non nocere

responsibility and the cost thereof

who bears responsibility

who carries the burden

when others do not


what price is paid

in blood or stress?

they pay in blood, but not their own

sooner or later the piper calls


hippocratic or hypocrite?

to do no harm one must,

at least be able to do

I came to save not bury


the greater the responsibility

the greater the cost

what is the price

of keeping others alive?
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do no harm

 

At What Cost

Been thinking a lot of late about the cost of service, the sacrifice, be it medical, fire, police and military. Read a few clinical articles in the week in JEMS, on PTSD and how services don’t deal with it, and reread an article I wrote awhile back and the article I quoted.


the price you pay

come so far

waited so long

worked so hard

only to be in a dream

heaven or hell

it always changes



dark holds the light at bay

the more you give

the more they take

the more they live

the more you die

stand firm

fight for the price you've paid



pay in blood

sometimes your own

some cease feeling

for themselves or others

teases and the doubts

solved by being

uncomfortably numb

made it back home

but how?



checking out is possible

but you can never leave

you can't walk away

from the price you pay

nothing more wretched

than what must be endured

been through hell

is it all worth it?

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