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Poetry and Medicine
February 5, 2014

At the Mercy of Flowers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Silver Spring, Maryland

Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2014;311(5):529. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.133752

For Dr Woodrow C. Henderson

The coroner wrote, cardiac arrest,
death’s signature disguise,
secondary to bee sting.
My wife made rare by God’s ironic twist:
water carried life along our river house
but venom tricked her lungs to flood her out.

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