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Poetry and Medicine
June 28, 2006


Author Affiliations

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to jamapoems@jama-archives.org.

JAMA. 2006;295(24):2826. doi:10.1001/jama.295.24.2826

Teasing it out, buying bread
and trying to buy time,
watching the giddy shine
of a humming bird
returning to the bee-balm,
the lowering storms
riding over and past us,
and the monarchs,
their figured wings
vivid as stained glass,
gliding, hanging on
for the full count
like last batters
in the bottom of the ninth,
or discrete cells
intact beneath the microscope,
and everywhere the dead
waking in the proffered resurrection
of midsummer hosta and mint,
cannas and black-eyed susans,
marigolds and the sun,
with jeweled exactitude,
rising on all the brimming
mornings of the world.