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Poetry and Medicine
May 5, 2015

the orange rind

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2015;313(17):1759. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.205

There is a condition
in medicine called
peau d’orange.
It refers to the dimpling
of skin like a rind,
thick and foreign—
a callus formed
of flesh, and
fury.

What a beautiful name
for something so
unkind—
that darkness pushing
out from in;
a sentence passed
without a
jury.

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