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Books, Journals, New Media
October 6, 2004

Poetry

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA ; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(13):1615-1621. doi:10.1001/jama.292.13.1615-a

Our history isn’t an album of healers
dressed in snowy uniforms, white oxfords,
and halo caps. We do not saunter hallways
and giggle pink words.
This narrative is not about Merlin or medicine
men chanting blue power over steamy rocks,
nor is it a fist against mahogany conference tables
or the kitten’s whimper in a rainstorm.
Our logbooks record moments when pain was thunder
and we waited, worked in a world of raw light
so bright its camera blinded. Our story is a sea
of brave faces with grit teeth and shushed wings,
stalled hearts below glazed eyes. Our story is how
we did not shrivel though we were soaked,
we did not freeze in a cold almost beyond bearing.
Our story is we did not break and run—
no matter how close the lightning gouged.
—Jeanne Bryner

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