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Poetry and Medicine
October 3, 2007

Consent Form With Signature

JAMA. 2007;298(13):1486. doi:10.1001/jama.298.13.1486

She says if she loses her legs
she will be okay:
she will focus on immediate rewards—
learning alone
to drop from bed to wheelchair,
dressing, using the bathroom.
Her mind,
her intelligence,
are undiminished,
and the zeppelin of imagination
unmoored from the ground of the body
Her soul soars. She's not waiting—
the path of grace, she says, might be faster on wheels.