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Poetry and Medicine
May 26, 2015

How the Flesh Protects Itself

Author Affiliations
  • 1Philosophy Department, Colorado College, Denver
JAMA. 2015;313(20):2083. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1715

We reach, instinctively, and clutch
what’s just been hurt, as if to press

the pain away with inturned palms,
to keep or make ourselves intact

by touching, holding on. The body
pulls its stomach in, draws flesh

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