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Poetry and Medicine
September 19, 2007

Peace of My Mind

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Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to jamapoems@jama-archives.org.

JAMA. 2007;298(11):1258. doi:10.1001/jama.298.11.1258

Have you seen my mind?
No? Oh please be kind and do help me find it.
I merely meant to change it but in that split-
second time it seems that I lost it.
And what if I’ve left my mind open?
I can't think what I’d do with someone else’s
thoughts on my mind—so please would you mind
helping me find mine?
I tried to keep my mind on the task at hand,
but I got distracted. My mind may have wandered away.
It's done that before. I’m afraid now my thoughts may
be scattered, my mind in pieces on the floor!
Oh, just a little peace of mind would do.
From that I could make my mind up anew.
But now, I’m so out of my mind completely—
could you please re-mind me what's true?

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