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Poetry and Medicine
April 16, 2014

A Long Shot

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, State University of New York at Stony Brook
JAMA. 2014;311(15):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284997

for John Wright, oncocytoma, 2450 grams

A burst of unwelcome blood, a painless,
alarming apparition. You figure
the options, a calculus you’ve practiced

hundreds of times with the lives of others;
now every door you open
and the darkness beyond, is your own.