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Poetry and Medicine
May 3, 2006


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

JAMA. 2006;295(17):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.295.17.1978

It's a little like leaving,
saying good-bye to the body you knew
as though you are standing on the deck
of a steamer, straining to see
that one familiar face on the dock.
It looks smaller now
as the ship slips out of its berth.
You didn't book this trip.
Complaints pile up like letters on a desk
or messages from shore.
Send yourself a postcard.
Sign it with love.

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