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Poetry and Medicine
June 25, 2014

Turmeric

Author Affiliations
  • 1Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2014;311(24):2547. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1819

My friend is convinced it’s the turmeric
keeping his glioblastoma in check,
not the Avastin, not the -ex’s and -ides,
not the expertly directed killer rays,
but a hermaphroditic rhizome
the color of monks’ robes,
bees’ feet in pollen.

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