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Poetry and Medicine
September 1, 2010


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2010;304(9):940. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1135

Bell toll-trembled.
Trap door launched, lowered, light-wrung.
Graffiti's hazed walls weathered.
Ganglia leap, climb, rappel: tower-hung.
Jury quieted to one foreman.
Inlaid marquetry, veneer, shell's pearlescent lace.
Grays, silvers, geisha's wan complexion.
Winter narcissus forced discarnate in vase.
Halls and passageways of the blue-print page.
Cul-de-sac, dead-end, routed and rerouted.
Guillotined like a globe in a stand's elaborate cage.
Drowned shoots dendritic web's curling roots.
Brines and jellies cured in sweet and sour.
Thought something caught in scent and flower.