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Poetry and Medicine
April 23/30, 2014

Piano Teacher

Author Affiliations
  • 1Raleigh, North Carolina
JAMA. 2014;311(16):1695. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285939

The disease has taken a blitzkrieg turn:
synapses at the bottom of his cortex
seize as neurons thicken to dark sludge.

What seemed a stiff knee is now a jester’s dip
and lurch, his elbows flap permissionless.
Wild rhythms mortify him, his eyes widen

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