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Poetry and Medicine
June 23/30, 2015

Winter Solstice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Newton, Massachusetts

Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2015;313(24):2498. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5531

How many dendritic treetops—
these unmoving axons in a windless sky may I see?
Clear and cold outside this placeless window
a pale and shallow greying sun
awaits the planet’s tilt to winter
and the shortest light of day.
What do the trees think within their stillness
stirring as my brain shifts into mind
each moment I breathe in as they breathe out
and we are joined.

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