Years ago, I wrote this for my patients, inspired by them to talk about what happens in the exam room, between those sacred walls…

Between these sacred walls
Magic happens.
Stories are told,
Tears unfold.
Agonies and pains at times make way
For hopes and inspiration.
Youthful journeys are recounted,
Troubles remembered.
Aging is witnessed – from a cry to a laugh to a hoarse cackle.
Desperation is confronted,
Reality is acknowledged.
Successes and failures are relived.
Chuckles are heard,
Disagreements observed.
Yet during all of this,
Souls mingle in a numinous relationship…
And healing transpires.

(Kainkaryam V.  These sacred walls.  Arbor Vitae 2014;1(1).)