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Poetry and Medicine
April 17, 2013


Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to jamapoems@jamanetwork.org.

Author Affiliation: Hunstville, Alabama (scottwilliams3105@comcast.net).
JAMA. 2013;309(15):1564. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.125073
“He's a real trouper,” the nurse says,Returning you from the PEG scout film.I cringe at these outdoor words,But the allusion escapes you.Your eyes are far and away,Not in shared memories of pup tentsand campfires, just somewhere else,Somewhere I cannot follow. . .The branches are too thick and tangled.You are leaving your childAlone in the darkening woods.I am cold and wet and scared—Contending with strange monsters,Demons like Tau and A-beta.I ask you to please try again the soup,But it only runs like rainDown a fading wrinkled tarp.