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Poetry and Medicine
August 6, 2003

One Morning, in the LA Times

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;290(5):572. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.572

It's a picture of the universe
ripped in the middle
through which a child's head and shoulders lean.
His gaze
past sheaths of yellow stars
and wheels of pinhole lights
arrests your eyes.
For a moment you are confused.
Who is this celestial child
with round black eyes
and lips parted
as if speaking to you,
in your kitchen chair
with the taste of coffee on your tongue?
You bend
look closer
read the caption.
This is not a picture of the universe.
Not a dark starry night
ripped by an impish god.
It is of a large black gate
riddled with bullet holes.

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