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Poetry and Medicine
May 2, 2007


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;297(17):1856. doi:10.1001/jama.297.17.1856

for Frank C. Soto, MD, and the interventional radiology crew at Kaiser Sunset in L.A.

The fear, to call it by name, like wind
Waking me from tentative sleep
I’d give almost anything to keep,
Is this: That you’ll be gone, my friend.
It could just as easily be true
That I’d be blown away instead
And you, lying awake in bed,
Would have the wind to listen to.
Though soon enough one of us will
Go first where both must go from here,
A fact it does no good to fear,
For now, at least, the wind is still.