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Poetry and Medicine
May 18, 2005

I Will Leave You One Day

Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to JamaPoems@jama-archives.org.

JAMA. 2005;293(19):2320. doi:10.1001/jama.293.19.2320

for Hwason

I will leave you one day,
or you me,
with a breath half-taken
our journey together will end.
Perhaps I’ll be ready for that day,
when it arrives,
when both our lives
entwined for so long
are separated by that last breath—
and either you, or I, release the other
unto death.
Yes, perhaps I’ll be ready for that day,
that final sigh,
if, in your arms,
I might say good-bye.

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