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Poetry and Medicine
July 11, 2012

Vertigo

Author Affiliations
 

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to jamapoems@jama-archives.org.

Author Affiliation: Wheaton, Illinois (dpucciani@yahoo.com).

JAMA. 2012;308(2):115. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3562

You are dizzy again today.
   Your hazel eyes become
         two different birds, one a fat
   sparrow, the other a bloodshot finch.
      The last two times,
the doctors found nothing.
    Just a brain, we joked.
You return to bed, lie back
      on the pillow that becomes a cloud,
         and wag your head side to side,
   the prescribed exercise.
Someday soon the room will stop
         circling your body like
   a giant bird of prey,
      will land on the blankets,
   enfolding you with white wings,
         still.

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