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Poetry and Medicine
October 15, 2014

A Pathologist Drives Home

Author Affiliations
  • 1Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
JAMA. 2014;312(15):1595. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6608

I study cells in microscopic fields:
armies of Kublai Khan, canny
mendicant travelers that defy easy classification,
like the ones that felled my grandmother
when I scooped her up, light as a sparrow
from the floor, hoping that Rama might
descend as another avatar to vanquish
asuras; insatiable and pleomorphic, wearing
fuchsia and magenta war paint, they line up
at ramparts, holding up abnormal mitoses,
as if they were a cross to bear.

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