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Poetry and Medicine
August 25, 1999

The 12th Floor

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Edited by Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;282(8):718. doi:10.1001/jama.282.8.718

1.
How I cannot look at you.
How it helps if I do not look at you.
2.
How I must look at you.
How it is worse to imagine you.
3.
How you hold on.
4.
How I have loved you all these years.
How I give you my body.
How I ache and ache with your pains.
5.
How I must look at you.
How I cannot look at you.
6.
How I can no longer call your name.
How even to say it is to give in.
7.
How it helps if I do not think about you.
How I cannot help but think about you.
8.
How I am to blame.
9.
How the unthinkable comes out.
10.
How I would kill you if I had the chance.
11.
How I would kill myself then too.
12.
How I cannot look at you.
How you hold on.

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