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Poetry and Medicine
April 3, 2013

Follow My Fingers With Your Eyes

Author Affiliations
 

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

Author Affiliation: Medical Faculty Associates, George Washington University, Washington, DC (apossner@mfa.gwu.edu).

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1324. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.131318

Follow my fingers with your eyes
Index and middle, side by side
To and fro, watch them fly
Follow my fingers with your eyes
Follow my fingers with your eyes
Not your head, just your eyes
Up and down, side to side
Follow my fingers with your eyes
Follow my fingers with your eyes
A test for nerves 3 thru 6 minus 5
I need to stare, please don't be shy
Follow my fingers with your eyes
Follow my fingers with your eyes
There it is, the telltale sign
On the left, yours not mine
Follow my fingers with your eyes
Follow my fingers with your eyes
Like a cross, a holy rite
You had a stroke, I cannot lie
Follow my fingers with your eyes.

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