My remarkable partner, a physiotherapist and mad Western Bulldogs supporter (this latter fact is quite irrelevant here), recently dipped her pretty toes into the ponds of poetry. This is without doubt a much-to-be-celebrated achievement. Hell, it calls for a drink!
Her inaugural offering, see below, was inspired by a twin encounter – with a patient, and with the thought of Martin Heidegger, whose work she has been trying to decipher. The poem represents her attempt to bear witness to, and to contrast, two methods, as she refers to them – ‘that of the raw facts (the “scientific method”, as told from the physiotherapist’s perspective) and the subjective experience of the patient’. This is coupled with an effort to take up Heidegger’s invitation to read and recognise being with the other, and that that being itself is not exhausted by such action.
What’s not to love about all that!
Wow Judy, you certainly are remarkable. So is that poem
Does this mean….I still can’t smoke in the backyard?
I’ll drink to that!
What a great illustration of human experience. And how lovely for the patient to have a physiotherapist who is willing to look at the poetry of their encounter. I’m pretty sure that’s what mercy does too.
May this be the first of many!
Really appreciated this. Thanks for sharing it!
You’re welcome, Keith. I’ll pass that on to Judy.