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Poetry and Medicine
February 9, 2000

Where We Live

Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2000;283(6):714. doi:10.1001/jama.283.6.714

The old are on the corner; they are bricks
On top of brick on brick. Dominoes
For fingers and in the afternoon death
You hear their lives, exactly the clink of bones
On the table. Living through is the project.
Where we live, this place flowered up
A life like what, a brown paper bag
Full of breath and quiet as that.
There are children, and God is
The arch of your back, and every
Apartment has a view: the way things are.
What you are to me, this place in reality,
Is things as they are: glass, adequacy.
I love. It will always be.

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