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Poetry and Medicine
February 16, 2016


Author Affiliations
  • 1Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, California
JAMA. 2016;315(7):708. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12891

Stubborn sheets stash the cold shivers away
As your shy moans seep meekly through the hall.
The sun can shine and warm the fields today.
In time it sets, too soon, a gentle fall.
Rifting rays slip past our horizon’s sieve.
A mirage of hues lingers as it fades.
Our world pulls tightly to your vibrant weave.
How hard to watch the spreading dusky shades.
But slowly our grip loosens lightly while
Children snuggle and watch their mother rest.
Long, lavish waves of light endure the trial
Diffusing far behind the mountain crest.
Tranquil breathing, gently weeping, tonight.
Softly singing under the dimming light.

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