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Poetry and Medicine
February 17, 2015

Myeloma Solstice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, and SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
JAMA. 2015;313(7):731. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14208

Solstice: from the Latin words sol (sun)and sistere (to stand still)

On a golden soft
summer’s day,
we strolled around Quincy Market,
ate scallops wrapped in bacon,
heard a Marimba band
from Zimbabwe.
On the newsstands,
the papers said,
Iraq falling apart,
Hundreds dead.”

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