The Surgeon’s Knife  

Dedicated to Helena C. Chui, MD, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center / USC Neurologist-Professor



I met a rich businessman

He lectured me about my poetry;

"It does not bring you a buck, so

why keep wasting your energy?"

I remember he had open heart surgery

Thankful for his life…

But he forgot the surgeon’s heart for him

Which guided the knife to save his breath

Had the doctor seen only money

Perhaps, the businessman would embrace his own death

He did not want to remember…

I was then told, "It’s only a few

Who are impacted by the soul of your poem…"

--Like a surgeon’s knife,

Sir, my pen cares for one heart at a time…


Linh Duy Vo




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