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Poetry and Medicine
May 17, 2016

The Scent of Dandelion

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  • 1Sacramento, California

Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2016;315(19):2126. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.19294

I mark my 90th birthday
with despair amid doggerel sentiments.
Only in a rearview mirror equipped to detect
the scent of dandelion on the tongue
might I see that moment when the balance tipped—
when life became an end unto itself
and misery my companion in every hour.

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