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Poetry and Medicine
August 18, 2010

Memory of a Loved One

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2010;304(7):721. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.992

My older memories of our younger days
have all abandoned me. They come around
like an old friend after a falling-out,
backpedaling with excuses, who stays
only long enough to prowl about
for what he might take from the lost and found
closet of my nearly broken mind.
And strangers that I swear I never knew
are brought to me by nurses who allow
for my old age; but none can help me find
where you have gone, known only to me now
as a hollowness once occupied by you.

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