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Poetry and Medicine
August 9, 2006


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

JAMA. 2006;296(6):630. doi:10.1001/jama.296.6.630

One day old
and already you know
how to turn your face toward love.
The world will stage
its bright, compelling show—
its dark, compelling show—
and how can you resist?
Twenty years from now, beguiled
by life's beautiful confusions,
you’ll have to rediscover
what you knew in these first hours:
half-blind, drowsy,
stupefied by space,
you listened for love's voice
and turned your face.

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