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Poetry and Medicine
July 23/30, 2014

Found in the Street

Author Affiliations
  • 1Obstetrics/Gynecology & Pathology, Stony Brook University Medical Center, New York
JAMA. 2014;312(4):440. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3589

You were dead drunk, smelling of piss,
swollen toes bursting maggot-filled socks,
legs a mottled sea of cellulitis.

Soaks and antibiotics, a sheltered week
of rest, a haircut, a shave
revealed a man my own age!

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