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Poetry and Medicine
May 7, 2014


Author Affiliations
  • 1Raleigh, North Carolina
JAMA. 2014;311(17):1810. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285937

How quickly the heart hunkers down for the worst,
like the day the whole east coast braces
for a category 4 and you’re just digging candle stubs
from the kitchen junk drawer when the school nurse
calls to say your daughter’s gone partially blind
in math class, her right arm dead, and by the time
you drive her to the pediatric ER, one stump-numb
hand pressed like a sick child to her breast,

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