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Poetry and Medicine
October 18, 2016

Reading Bly in the Waiting Room

Author Affiliations
  • 1Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Madison, Wisconsin
JAMA. 2016;316(15):1602. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12275

There is no end to our grumbling; we want

Comfortable earth and sumptuous heaven.

Robert Bly

The pine arm of the chair
 Curves gently, like the earth;
  I rest against it and read.

     Here we are, waiting,
      Glancing at each other
       Listening to hear our names called.

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