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ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 13, Issue 3 (2017)

Humanities Full Text

POET'S PEN

Symeon: The Light Of The Spirit

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Symeon: The Light Of The Spirit. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2017;13(3):174-175

doi: 10.14797/mdcj-13-3-174

Possessing it, I do not see it.
I contemplate it
When it goes away.

I quickly dash to seize it
And it completely flies off.

I am enflamed.
I ask in tears to be beaten,
To be trampled underfoot like dirt.

I ask for the all-powerful humility,
Stripping and pruning the will,
Renouncing world, pride, glory.

I choke in my desire to seize it
And all is night.
My poor hands are empty.

Then, dimly, like a delicate ray, the light,
Minute, then suddenly enveloping the mind,
Enrapturing in ecstasy

And then rapidly forsaking me, disappearing
So I might not die, not burst or vomit
With the food of perfect men.

How to recall its beauty?
How to understand?

It appears not when we desire it
But when we need it, are in trouble
And totally worn out.

After I have wept a lot,
Embracing my poverty,
I do not know what to do.

I cannot laugh.
I cannot look at man.
I despair of seeing it again.

I consent to cease.
I sit down and weep.

Then, mystically arrived,
Coming from afar,
A sweet light is kindled,

Inviting silence,
Stirred up by waiting,
Treading where humility
Has beaten down the grasses:

Entirely incomprehensible,
Inaccessible light,

Light which operates everything,
Flame reaching to heaven.

It rejoices in my lowliness.
It converses with me.
It enlightens me, looks at me
And I also look at it.

It tears me away from the world
And commands me: have mercy on all
Who are in the world.

It is in my heart; it exists in heaven.
Now the dragon is trampled underfoot.
I have discovered the day which has no end.
It invites me to ebb and flow with it,
To go in and out
And rest in its complacency.

I bear water to the peasants in the fields
With this jewel in my heart.

—Dan Rifenburgh

Dan Rifenburgh is an award-winning Houston poet who earned an MA from the University of Florida, where he studied with Donald Justice, a well-known 20th-century poet and teacher. He has published two books of poems and now devotes his time to writing and teaching with an emphasis on outreach poetry workshops for veterans. “Symeon: The Light Of The Spirit” first appeared in Peacock Journal and refers to Symeon, the New Theologian, an 11th-century Byzantine Christian monk and poet.