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Poetry and Medicine
August 8, 2007

Prostate Cancer

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

JAMA. 2007;298(6):603. doi:10.1001/jama.298.6.603

to my help-mate of 46 years

Let's see now, where shall we place it?
Surely deeper than these annoying patches
of eczema on my elbows and knees.
Let's set it outside man's rooted hope that,
ivy like,
climbs insistently toward the light.
Let's place it shallower than your love that,
even now,
I’m betting will ease me past the final door.
Let's set it between my stented coronaries
and my depression-prone amygdala.
Let's weigh it against the fragile beauty
of this snakeroot's arching white flowers.

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