Picture of Shez Kassam Shez Kassam is a medical student in the class of 2019 at the university of Alberta




Across, eye to eye

Armchair, arm’s length


The heart suffers—pathologic

No monitors or stethoscope to be seen

“This is the end…”

Of the conversation, I wonder?

Or of much more than that


Gratitude in one’s eyes to have another’s ears

Yet humility casts its shadow:

“… and there’s nothing you can do to help.”