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Poetry and Medicine
February 23, 2005

War’s End

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Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to

JAMA. 2005;293(8):905. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.905

I saw a blind shepherd
I saw a flock led into the quicksand
I saw tears mixed with blood
I saw acts of love done with hate and acts of hate done with love
I came home yesterday
I see a stranger in the mirror
I heard fervent applause respond to a foolish speech
I heard laughter respond to pleas
I heard an empty promise explode
I heard a wounded friend scream my name as I fled
I came home yesterday
I hear a different anthem
I felt warmth when my gun fired
I felt ice in my heart
I felt my skin leave me behind
I felt a man become a corpse
I came home yesterday
I feel nothing

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