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Poetry and Medicine
March 5, 2008

We and I

Author Affiliations
 

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

JAMA. 2008;299(9):996. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.996

After 40 years
we was steel
annealed
sharp
ready
but for your death.
At first
we was
in every conversation
our friends
whom we knew
in our home
we went there
when we were here
then
mid-sentence correction
lingual fumbling
heartache over pronouns
first person.
With inexorable temporal distance
I
trembling
appears
as it should
as you knew it would.
Holding on was so easy with both our hands
so much more strength needed with only mine.

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