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Poetry and Medicine
August 20, 2008

Patience

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

JAMA. 2008;300(7):770. doi:10.1001/jama.300.7.770

If Patience is a virtue greater than her rank
(Among the virtues, tertiary, at best),
Then I was not remiss when I uncorked and drank
A hearty wine (at no one's strong behest),
And then proposed a toast (a toast long overdue)
To raise her rank so she would proudly stand
In parity with Faith and Love, and thus accrue
A status, meritorious and grand.
For Patience rules with grace and splendor in the heart
Of one who hopes the tremors will abate:
The flicker of the jaw; the trembling of the hand,
Forebodings of a parkinsonian fate.

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