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Poetry and Medicine
December 1, 2010

Mantoux Test

Author Affiliations
 

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

JAMA. 2010;304(21):2338. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1737

It has been more than three months
since he died
since I breathed in that
harsh truth.
At first I felt constant pain
deep inside
somewhere in my heart
or lungs.
Now I go about my day
unaware
that I ever lost
my dad.
Yet such a loss does not heal,
it only
gets walled off lest it
consume.
Show me someone with his laugh
or his smile
and I remember
the pain.

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