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Poetry and Medicine
September 17, 2014

Still Life

Author Affiliations
  • 1McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston
JAMA. 2014;312(11):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5497

Weekend retreats, the cold breath of
   your girlhood home would vanish in
the open of grandma’s farm. She
   joined you in everything: carving
butter on the antique sideboard,
   playing hide-and-seek in the barn,

wading Queen Anne’s lace to the creek
   to dig banks for unruly bait
or tightrope-walk the giant pipes.
   Some days, a treat: making éclairs
in the warming kitchen, flour
   scattered over floor and counter