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Durham University

Department of Anthropology: Writing Across Boundaries

Sarah Russell

Doctorate Blues

Fingers dashing
Head a whirling
Words are tumbling

Scattering over the page

So much to say
Confirming little
What makes sense

To you and me?

Respect the participants
What’s the argument
Provide the evidence

Convince the audience

Keep on going
Throw words away
Treasure thoughts

Store the learning

Conscience pricking
Family needs me
Chores a calling

Work a juggling

Sanity prevailing
Keep the faith
Share the knowledge

Make a better place

It’s worth the effort
It makes a difference
To patients we care for

Each and every day

Fingers dashing
Head a whirling
Chapters pouring

Organised on the page

Sarah Russell qualified in 1989 and has worked in palliative and hospice care as a nurse, manager and educator for over 20 years. She juggles her part time professional doctorate with family life and work. Her research on Advance Care Planning is her complete passion, but her daughter and husband will be very pleased when she has finished and stops talking about death and dying all the time. She can be followed on Twitter: @learnhospice