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Poetry and Medicine
March 25, 2009

Midnight Rain

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2009;301(12):1206. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.210

Nobody speaks of the rain at midnight
making night streets shine
taking lovers by surprise
as they leave the movie theater.
He shelters her under his jacket.
She jumps a puddle.
They stop for coffee.
Nine days of rain.
By midnight the puddles are ponds.
Nobody speaks as the water runs over
saturated ground,
cascading curbs.
Incessant drops, are they bigger tonight
or just constant, continuous?
Nobody speaks of the slick tiles
in the lobby of the ER,
of the rain at midnight,
as the surgeon answers a lonely call,
rushing in, wearing sneakers, no socks.
Nobody speaks.

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