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Poetry and Medicine
November 27, 2013

Packing for the Road

Author Affiliations
  • 1LGH Family & Community Medicine Residency, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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JAMA. 2013;310(20):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6891

Packing for the road is a way
Of lightening the load. So much
That crowds the mind can at
Last be left behind. Yet if we
Leave what gimbals the keel, how
Off-center the chest can feel.
Perhaps we are nomads at our
Core, connected to what's
Essential and nothing more.

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