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Poetry and Medicine
June 18, 2014

Malignant Melanoma

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque
JAMA. 2014;311(23):2443. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285846

Up in smoke,
the hills and valleys of my youth bubbling
like chicharrones on the skillet.
The unpredictable whirring and whinnying of blue light at the corner of my eyes
is taking my thoughts away,
yet failing to disturb the resident’s deep breaths.