Analytic Insights to the Tune of Schnittke’s Concerto Gross

What truth is this,

  that lurks and slithers,

  flashing its gleaming silver scales,

  the point of a tooth,

  then quickly obscured again by billows of black smoke?

What truth is this,

  that gnaws my belly while I dream,

  and implants a seed,

  that now intrudes into flesh with its bulky fibrous roots?

What truth is this,

  that dances to a ghostly waltz,

  stirs the buried remains,

  and sends ashes to swirl and dance in the breathless air?

I had better not find out.

Sunny Tang MD, PGY3 is a third year psychiatry resident with a special interest in schizophrenia research and psychodynamic psychotherapy.