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Poetry and Medicine
July 16, 2008


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Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to

JAMA. 2008;300(3):254. doi:10.1001/jama.300.3.254

Reflecting regrettably on
My last words with you,
I am reminded by
The clicking in my jaw,
How great pain can be
Inflicted by such a small thing,
How so much of happiness
Can hinge on the motion
Of mandible or tongue,
How so much of joy can
Depend upon a seemingly
Insignificant articulation . . . 
Whether bone or word.

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