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Poetry and Medicine
October 1, 2014

come fall

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2014;312(13):1355. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5972

with a voice like the
cracking of bone
her porch would sing
under the weight
of them all—
but under hers alone
it made no sound.

slowly, one by one,
they were plucked away
like lint from a worn
sweater, until all
that remained was
the dog.

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