Donna Doyle

My Puzzled Self

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti

How many times have I tried to begin writing about my experience of stress and burnout?

I’ve lost count.

Each time I begin to write, detachment renders me into pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Where are the straight edges? Where is the frame? What is supposed to be where all of these empty spaces are? Where is the box lid with a picture to guide me?

A few years ago the medical library where I had worked for six years relocated from a building outside the hospital to a space inside the busiest area of a busy hospital. Prior to the relocation, I rarely entered the hospital or did so only when my energy felt sufficient to handle whatever I might see, hear or smell. It helped that I worked an evening schedule. After 5:00 p.m. the hospital was almost unpopulated.

Listening to Light Doyle

Listening to Light

Donna Doyle

About the artist: 

“My work as a poet and as a photographer is inspired by experienes I am unable to let go of–images, thoughts and feelings. These reflective practices help me grow. A year-and-a-half ago, the medical library where I work relocated from a building (with windows) outside the hospital to a windowless space in the center of the hospital. The transition has been challenging for me. As an introvert and a highly sensitive person, I experience the hospital environment most often as a kind of sensory overload. Writing poems and making photographs are my way of looking past and deeper…creating a different sensory experience by transforming it into art.”

About the artwork:

“Late afternoon in the cafeteria is one of the few times and places in the hospital where I can enjoy quiet and window views–even though I still feel surrounded by darkness.”

Visuals editor:

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