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Poetry and Medicine
March 11, 2009

Therapeutic Triptych

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

JAMA. 2009;301(10):1002. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.209

boughs caress water,
long little roots delve dark soil,
bark quenches fever.
purple bells jingle
on lilting summer currents,
tired hearts beat on.
berries, black, small, sweet
nestle in green star saucers,
dark eyes dilate.

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