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Poetry and Medicine
April 28, 1999


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Edited by Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(16):1544C. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1544

He was found
slumped over "yesterday's tractor,"
in the middle of a half-plowed field,
while she tended the greenhouse,
her vision blocked
by a live oak.
She missed her appointments
at the dialysis center.
Her curled body,
hands clutching geraniums,
was found on the greenhouse floor.
The toppled oak
shattered the greenhouse panes,
swept clay pots off shelves,
exploded fertilizer dust
among hibiscus, geranium
and daffodil remains.

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