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Poetry and Medicine
November 17, 1999

Sweet, Sweet Sometime

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Edited by Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;282(19):1800B. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1800

"Hope escaped from the lab the other day . . . suddenly, a door is set
ajar and hope makes a run for it. . . . . Cancer patients calculated
how long they could hold on till ‘the cure.'"

Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, May 10, 1998

Inside the dream
the dream is dreaming itself:
lotus blossom
scarlet pimpernel
red rose.
Inside the dream
comes surprise that shiny penny in the dirt
and Lincoln's face looking up
from the palm of your hand.
Inside the dream
justice arrives with trumpets
even at the last minute and
truth comes home to roost
making those inconceivable
leaps from iron lungs
to Jonas Salk's vaccine
or human ears grown on a rabbit's
for late harvest,
and now Judah Folkman's mice!
Oh sometime, sweet, sweet sometime
where the river bends wide
and the stars touch earth
and the dream dreams itself
into life.

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