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Poetry and Medicine
July 19, 2016

The Dance

Author Affiliations
  • 1Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, New Hampshire

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

JAMA. 2016;316(3):352. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2418

Her body lies stiff on the table,
legs extended, feet still dressed in boots.
I lift my instrument to my ears.
Skin slides over metal, mine,
then metal over skin, hers.

Take a deep breath for me:
upper lobe, left side,
upper lobe, right side,
middle lobe, same side.
Just like I learned.

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