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Poetry and Medicine
May 22, 2013


Author Affiliations

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

Author Affiliation: Ballard Pediatric Clinic, Seattle, Washington (tmcmahon@u.washington.edu).

JAMA. 2013;309(20):2079. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.233595

To walk is to fall
with every step, yet
trust in the next.
To love is to open, willing
to give everything away.
To comfort is to share
what cannot be changed.
To grieve is to grasp
the fullness of letting go.
To live is to be present
in this step, this breath.
To die? Finally to know.