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Poetry and Medicine
August 28, 2013

Rheumatism

Author Affiliations
  • 1Newcastle, Washington
JAMA. 2013;310(8):858. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3505

Cold comes
by degrees
into the body
as if through
an alcove.
A white toe,
an ache. Dampness
the enemy, mold
the base camp.

Cold’s key
breaks
in the lock,
keeping other callers
out—summer, pleasure,
girlhood, desire,
the fish breaking
water, the boat
almost rowing by itself
toward cliffs graffiti’d
with lovers’ names.

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