The pager beeps the end of my sleep. It’s midnight; I’m the one on call. I quickly rise to make my way through basement tunnels where ancient pipes crisscross the ceilings, scuffs of gurneys mark the walls. Caged faint bulbs light the way, as they have for scores of interns over decades before. I board […]
Charles Halsted is a retired academic physician at the University of California Davis. His poetry education consists of seven consecutive on-line courses from Stanford Continuing Studies. Several of his published poems have a medical focus in keeping with his past profession. His previous poems have appeared or will appear in Blood and Bourbon, Blood and Thunder, Clerestory, Contemporary Poetry, Degenerates, The Gambler, The Ghazal Page, Haibun Today, Hektoin International, Poetry Now, Snapdragon, Tule Review, Words Apart, and Yolo Crow.