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Books, Journals, New Media
October 27, 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(16):2019-2024. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2019-a

In my office today,
I saw a girl
with lightless eyes.
I checked my books
to learn
what might go wrong
with cornea, iris, lens—
how the light
through a child’s eye
should filter and bend.
Not much came of this,
or calls to ophthalmologists.
I did discover
the girl was beaten
some
by her father and mother.
Did I not get
my optics right?
Or does the soul’s prism,
once kicked out of kilter,
no longer
refract the light?
—Ronald Pies

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