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Poetry and Medicine
August 4, 2015

To My Husband

Author Affiliations
  • 1St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

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

JAMA. 2015;314(5):521. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3932

How can I tell you what you do not know,
what you have not seen?
I would have to show you her broken smile,
the baby’s tiny hand,
and the look of a last breath.

How can you understand?
When you have not heard the ending in
“There’s nothing we can do.”
The sound of a new heart failing.

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