My Blue Dots Sues Writings

Young and Male

Young and Male


A young male intern was assigned to me
to monitor how my radiation would go.
He’s young – and male – so I asked myself,
“What about breast cancer could he know?”

How could I relate to this young man?
Could I share my concerns with him?
I have sons about his same age
and would never confide in them.

But looks are very deceiving.
This young man was a treasure to me.
He was bright and informed about his work
and compassionate as he could be.

Yes, I’ve learned from experience.
I can’t make judgments so fast.
It’s the intangible things on the inside
those are the things that do last.

© Sue McCollum