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A Piece of My Mind
November 24, 2015

A Hobson’s Choice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York
JAMA. 2015;314(20):2133-2134. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10252

you broke the ocean in

half to be here,

only to meet nothing that wants you


From “Salt” by Nayyirah Waheed

It was a quiet Saturday evening in early April. Spring had begun but still seemed somewhat tentative in its entry. And winter, having reigned with abandon all these months, did not appear too interested in a hasty retreat. We found parking right in front of the Indian restaurant, an unusual occurrence given the popularity of the place, and walked in to meet our friends, looking forward to a pleasant evening. We noticed the restaurant was only half-filled, and at the next table, the diners were getting ready to leave. We had a corner booth that afforded us privacy, and a popular Bollywood movie song played in the background.

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