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Poetry and Medicine
April 14, 1999

September in Seaview

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Edited by Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(14):1254P. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1254

How appropriate that a cloud above
the beach at Seaview should look like a great
white whale, or that the seagull spending late
afternoon sunning on our porch should love
the first three-note phrase of "Embraceable
You" as much as I do. Downstairs, my wife
paints a small seascape with her palette knife.
I lay my book aside and the rubble
from ten years of illness shifts, letting in
light I remember from a childhood by
the sea. When water does this to me, try
as I might to forget, I am again
set free to dream. Like the tide, healing comes
and goes, leaving hope fragile as sea foam.

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