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Poetry and Medicine
October 18, 2006


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

JAMA. 2006;296(15):1812. doi:10.1001/jama.296.15.1812-b

Sleep disheveled your honey hair
 And I saw gray—
Not much, but not as rare
 As yesterday:
A web spun by tiny arachnids,
 Perhaps the spawn
Of the black egg behind your eyelids. . .
What's to be done?
Nothing. The docs say let it lie.
 A silken thread
Is all our lives ever hang by
 Until we're dead.

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