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Poetry and Medicine
April 12, 2006


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

JAMA. 2006;295(14):1622. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1622

It possesses me in the dead of night,
my brain buzzing as much as ever,
but undercover, with its electric sight
roaming within. In sleeping I sever
my narrative, anticipate silence. . .
how could I know a provocative din
replaces me in bed, its violence
drives you mad? A Pandemonium
from Milton's hell—the way I drag a groan
across the rocks and snuffle in a trough
of pigs. Your plugs inadequate, you soon
move to another room. I used to scoff
at those who snored. Remember, righteous man
how weak your body is, or will become.

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