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Poetry and Medicine
June 15, 2005

Interstate 75, Southbound

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2005;293(23):2837. doi:10.1001/jama.293.23.2837

In a snowy blur
north of Knoxville,
a white cross
spells Jason on its spar.
Near Athens on a rail,
two ribboned hearts.
White letters spell Sheila;
Mud stains the e in Sue.
Winter is the culling time,
the elders say,
when the weary
head home.
Three gold crosses
near Cartersville,
no names, cold plastic
flowers on a hill.

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