DEAR PATIENT | Jen Hartmark-Hill


You told me

Macho stories

Of hunting with buddies

In Montana and

Cool modifications made to your fishing boat,

But not about your paintings, which I first saw when I came

To sit by your deathbed.

Was it too painful then

To speak of the exquisite beauty seen

In a world that you were leaving?


Jen Hartmark-Hill is a Family Medicine physician, medical educator and research mentor. She is the director for the Narrative Medicine & Health Humanities Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.