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Poetry and Medicine
January 20, 2010


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

JAMA. 2010;303(3):204. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1869

My inner tiger
paces, claws
at his cage tonight,
will not be put down.
I am his keeper,
know him well,
perhaps tomorrow
he will lie down,
still as a lamb,
his head between his paws
as I have seen him
many times,
but not tonight.
He paces, paces,
wants his freedom.
What if I opened
the cage door wide?
Would he escape?
Would he survive?
Would I?

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