MERI Center Blog

February 26, 2020
SMS Meeting Poems

Sentimental Moment or Why Did the Baguette Cross the Road?

Don't fill up on bread

I say absent-mindedly

The servings here are huge


My son, whose hair may be

receding a bit, says

Did you really just

say that to me?


What he doesn't know

is that when we're walking

together, when we get

to the curb

I sometimes start to reach

for his hand


~Robert Hershon


February 25, 2020
​On February 11, 2020, Anne Germanacos hosted the MERI Center’s 2nd Community Engagement meeting at the Firehouse.  In attendance were Katie Doyle, Richard Cunningham, Ashly Cooper, Catherine Dodd, and Anne Jaquiss, plus our MERI Center representatives: Anne, our host, Mike Rabow, MD & Director of the Center, Redwing Keyssar, RN, Director of Patient & Caregiver Education, and our newest member, Gayle Kojimoto, Program Manager. 
February 19, 2020
SMS Meeting Poems

We've decided to share the poems read at the UCSF Symptom Management Service Interdisciplinary team meetings on this blog, making them accessible to all of our supporters.

This week Judy Long shared a lovely poem by Miller Williams.  


Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it.
What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism
is always a sign of things no ears have heard,
no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.

~Miller Williams