April 2016

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

H. Lee Kagan

My longtime patient Brenda let the top of her exam gown drop to her waist, stepped down off the exam table and turned to look at herself in the mirror. As I watched, she cupped her seventy-eight-year-old breasts in her palms and unceremoniously hoisted them up to where they’d probably resided when she was in her twenties.

“I’m thinking about having my boobs done,” she said. “My girlfriend had hers done, and she’s very happy with how they turned out. What do you think, doctor?”

As she spoke, her eyes remained on her reflection. Breasts held high, she made quarter turns to the right and left, then leaned back.

“I don’t like how they look now,” she said, appraising her reflection.

A Therapeutic Garden Leach

A Therapeutic Garden

Michael Leach

About the artist: 

Michael Leach is a health researcher, wordsmith and photography lover. Having recently submitted his thesis for a PhD in pharmacy at the University of South Australia, Michael is currently working as a freelance academic editor while pursuing interests in visual poetry and photography. His visual poetry has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia, A New Ulster and Medical Humanities. He creates visual images in order to capture and share the beauty and poignancy that he perceives in everyday life.

About the artwork:

“I photographed this scene one fine spring day while strolling through the Adelaide Botanic Garden in Adelaide, South Australia. I was struck by the juxtaposition of the blue sky, tranquil waters and vibrant flora with two neighboring hospital wings: the radiation oncology and residential wings of the Royal Adelaide Hospital. It called to mind a smiling patient I had just seen sitting in the garden and, on a more …

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