“She found that, unlike other forms of writing, poetry had an efficiency and raw honesty that made it a fitting outlet for her observations as a trauma nurse. She says that writing allowed her to acknowledge her darker experiences in the ER while also taking care of herself.”

Meredith Rizzzo / Kristen Laurel 

“But she knows 

There is an affliction in the air

Even the snowflakes fall like ash

She washes her hands”