Volume 27, Number 3—March 2021
Between electric gloom,
angels and demons dressed in plastic blue
have dragged me through the darkness,
to the infinite black stone,
where the origin and the end of time are lost.
There, in the immense dark solitude,
and in the imposed silence of word and thought,
She, in my breath, gazed at me
with her eyes of fire,
frosty and timeless,
without any mercy,
without any mercy.
Dr. Casabona is a medical epidemiologist and scientific director of the Centre d’Estudis Epidemiològics de VIH/SIDA/ITS de Catalunya (CEEISCAT), Barcelona, Spain. He has devoted his career working on HIV/STIs both at the local and international level. He is also a writer, having published 3 poetry books.
- Casabona J. The island of despair. Ann Infect Dis Epidemiol. 2020;5:1061.
Original Publication Date: February 15, 2021
1The author wrote this poem, originally in Catalan, during the first days of his hospitalization because of coronavirus disease in March 2020 during the first wave in Spain.