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Poetry and Medicine
August 20, 2014

To Witness

Author Affiliations
  • 1F&CM Residency, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2014;312(7):752. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5244

I have studied what maples can do with October
And how aspens write music with light.
I have witnessed willow trees interpreting wind.
And think of these before asking his wife how she’s been.

No wonder we track the sky and its moon,
Note the changing shape of that nocturnal bloom.
Our presence is the finest bouquet we can share
To validate what those who grieve must bear.

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