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Poetry and Medicine
February 12, 2014

Time Piece

Author Affiliations
  • 1Wheaton, Illinois

Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2014;311(6):627. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.236688

The watch on a long silver chain
falls close to my heart, where
the giver resides even after death.

“Miss Jayne,” an old family friend,
bought it for me in Switzerland
when I was fifteen, when everyone I knew
was still living, when clocks
and hearts beat time in the old ways,
gears clicking along in Swiss accuracy
like the sanguinal throbbing
of arteries, the blue eternal flow.

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