Lost Longings

A twinge of pain
In the lower abdomen
Nothing of concern

Some spotting on underwear
Normal, expected
She was sure

Like a punch to the groin
Dropped to her knees
Panic set in

Rushing in the car
Tears streaming down her face

Cramping and pushing
Lasting for hours
Pain with no avail

A birth of death
Hidden from view
Her future died


“Coriolis 3” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi


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Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas. Visual rules and tightly codified visual metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas mostly amongst themselves, but they can also become barriers to new ideas and insights. Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s images are abstracted and diverged from the typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization; they provide an accessible window into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists.