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Poem
Immolation of Emulation
  1. Erik Fernandez y Garcia
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    Erik Fernandez y Garcia, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics University of California Davis, School of Medicine Sacramento, CA 95817; Erik.fernandez{at}ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

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Hubris

is the product of

living in a sealed

and isolated

bubble;

a tiny, shiny,

aseptic kingdom

of my own making,

floating

above everyone

and everything, from

which I am freely

detached,

lifted and buoyed

by emulation

from those looking up,

until

my bubble ascends

too high and it then

inevitably

lyses.

Then down I tumble,

in terrifying

and painful freefall

crashing

among everyone

and everything, to

which I am freely

attached;

surrounded by the

reality I

thought I was above.

Anguish

I feel from the fall,

is soothed by the salve

of their forgiveness,

revived

by those from whom I

removed myself in

my bubble, I am

grateful;

and immolate the

misbegotten pride

to remain anchored and

humble.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under award K23MH101157. The content is the sole responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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