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Poetry and Medicine
November 22/29, 2016

Memories

Author Affiliations
  • 1Newton, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;316(20):2156. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10253

Where are the memories that live in me from all that I have been—
the memories in every leaf and worm and fish and bird I have known—
Where do they roam?

Some shards remain in others’ minds,
in the letters of our DNA that wander on, but most return to where we
came and end in earth and dust, perhaps to flicker on and off through
time as neurons of the air.

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