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Poetry and Medicine
July 11, 2001

Her Eyes Are Gone

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2001;286(2):139. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.139

now. Far in. Far away.
I try to bring them back with questions,
names, some small moment we shared,
but all that remains is the light falling
from a farther place. Even the language
she finds in the dark pocket of her mouth
is too breathless for my hearing, as if
in that silent land she wanders words
no longer spirit her along. All I can do
is wheel her here where the television's
bright images mimic our certain world,
then squeeze her quiet hands,
then let her go.

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