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Poetry and Medicine
July 2, 2008

Water

Author Affiliations
 

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

JAMA. 2008;300(1):15. doi:10.1001/jama.300.1.jpm80016

To a modest pond filling
with Spring's runoff
we walk together—
same path each year.
Today you use a stick for balance.
Halfway there, too far,
you must stop
your back tired.
The trail home crosses a small
stream, no more than a rivulet,
gentle slope to soft bank
steep for 80 years and one stick.
At your request I take your left hand
helping you through emerald grass
to this quiet water—
my Eünoè your Lethe.
You cross and walk away carefully
—each step itself redeemed.
I turn back to the pond
now filling faster.

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