Cesar Chelala
A physician and writer

Poetry for These Uncertain Times

 My wife Silvia had a serious surgical operation that left her in a deeply depressed mood. A friend of ours, Janet Brof, a New York poet and a teacher, wrote this short poem that brought enormous solace to my wife’s soul.


                                                     Janet Brof


                              Dearest Moonlady

                              who I’ve admired

                              through thick

                               and now thin—


                              it is truly as if

                              you’d stepped

                              onto the moon

                              before anyone of us

                              and showed how

                              to face the unknown


                              May your pain

                              leave soon – ahead

                              of time and may

                              you live untold years

                              with that Basque

                              joy and courage –

                               that spirit which

                              touches us so much.

About the Author
César Chelala is a physician and writer born in Argentina and living in the U.S. He wrote for leading newspapers all over the world and for the main medical journals, among them The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, The China Daily, The Moscow Times, The International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, Harvard International Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The British Medical Journal. He is a co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award and two national journalism awards from Argentina.