[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Views 354
Citations 0
Poetry and Medicine
August 6, 2014


Author Affiliations
  • 1Amherst, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2014;312(5):561. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4652

You arrived festooned in scars—
multiple lacerations on both knees,
chin, one shoulder. Lower,
a long highway, saber-curved,
outlines the course of battle
to save your left kidney.

I also came ribboned
in wounded flesh. Ankle,
knee, wrist, and my poor palms,
scored from surgeries. My life
lines, interrupted, have confused
the most intuitive fortune teller.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview