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Poetry and Medicine
August 15, 2007


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(7):720. doi:10.1001/jama.298.7.720

If nerves are the highway
pain is the center line,
intermittent blips of spasm
on the familiar commute.
Beneath the skin,
feel the tributaries to femur
flare and tingle,
tangible as macadam—
interstate south to metatarsus,
18 wheeler blaring on the long
haul to Tallahassee, summer,
the pavement shimmering.