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Poetry and Medicine
December 27, 2000

Aristotle's Champagne

Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2000;284(24):3102. doi:10.1001/jama.284.24.3102

Microscopes. Methodology. Golden Mean.
The embodiment of science you sit
just after midnight in numb November.
You have tired of evidence and hemostats
and MRIs; grown weary of blowing your
breath through the straw of life.
You face predictable desires: to drink
deep at the Muse's spring and calculate
seasons as dolphins do or to sip from
stems of flowers whose Latin names
you do not know or to sing with poets
of morning and enter, perhaps, the Mystery
beyond blue steel and the scalpel's kiss.
Humanity is fragile: mere sparrows
formed of twigs and mud, of dreams
and blood. Armed with reason you have
served the gods of science all your life
and long tonight for some sweet dram
of madness while Eternity trickles you
like fine wine into Her smiling mouth.