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Poetry and Medicine
January 3, 2007

Over There the Sun Shines

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;297(1):16. doi:10.1001/jama.297.1.16

Over there the sun shines
through a small gap in the clouds,
making a gold circle of heaven
on the frozen, snow-covered lake.
Driving further down the road,
I see there are holes in the shelf of ice
over Isabella Creek that show her dark water
has been flowing lower and lower all winter long.
As I drive up to higher ground, clouds
have cleared and the sun shines all over,
even over the black memories still circling
within my skull like water curling in an eddy.
Maybe this year, even in a few months,
the sun will come down deep enough
to clearly show that there is solid, level
limestone in me, flat bed of a decent
fishing stream that I can stand in.
Maybe this year, the sun-warmed water
will invite me into myself and I will go
and the stream will not float to me my old
dead faces but instead release hungry trout
to move like living water, sides glimmering
with the light shining down into my blood.