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Poetry and Medicine
April 28, 2015

Of Islands and Loss

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;313(16):1676. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0706

So the island sun is setting
across the skein of water,
an incandescent layer cake
of scarlet, fire, amber, rose.
High tide arrives on polished feet
framed in lavender, stitched in gold.
On the cabin porch, long after dark
the talk’s of this, the talk’s of that.
By the edge of the meadow
the birches lick honey from the dark
with their twilight tongues of loneliness.

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