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Poetry and Medicine
February 26, 2003

Vacation Medications

JAMA. 2003;289(8):952. doi:10.1001/jama.289.8.952

Remember how to act relaxed:
be the spine of a rainy day.
Let every molecule be
mutable as colors of a coastline.
Move into morning quietly
(a green canoe) and let currents
of last night's dreams direct you.
Release the kite of self
to sweet vicissitudes of air;
hear your laughter drifting
here and there, languid as
incense rising to gold gods.
Dissolve like a sugar cube
or the last chord in Bach's
"Great Fugue." Make it Job
One to hear each grace note
of being. Then pack your
stethoscope. You're leaving.

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