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Poetry and Medicine
February 13, 2013


Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (

JAMA. 2013;309(6):526. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14627

It was tough, at first,
to let you in. My adult skin, the evidence
of hurt, repair and burying
the evidence. The frenzied overgrowth
around old burns incarcerated memories,
a black bind
left me fumbling for free nerve ends.
Opening the cells, again,
released lovers I had burned. How quick
the blood returned. My pores
betrayed me, let words escape
much pinker than I wanted.

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