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Poetry and Medicine
January 12, 2005


JAMA. 2005;293(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.138

My heart as the bee in catacomb-honeys.
Heart: censer-smoke the priest frees!
Bloomed wine-red rose-print and fleur-de-lis
the blood and the blood’s catastrophes—
the breath’s little death as iambic slips to anapest.
My heart as the portmanteau, split ventricle
to atrium, dichotomies of east
and west revolving. One great cell:
the spider’s heart indivisible. Two cool rooms’ blood:
the fish’s heart. What great love for love the earthworm
with its five hearts! Heart: hood of the ark in flood,
drowned world sinking, rising, term by term.
Rose of hydrogen, seeded feldspar:
the heart’s circuit-return star to star.

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