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Poetry and Medicine
November 13, 2013

Moon in the Man

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2013;310(18):1988. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6627

My father sees the moon trapped in the man
  in his looking glass—
    eyes sunken gardens, mouth a cratered howl.

My father is lost in the pull of lunar seas,
  though some days he’s the one who pulls
    the moon across the sky, swearing he sees