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Poetry and Medicine
July 14, 2015

Landscape With Transplanted Beasts

Author Affiliations
  • 1McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston
JAMA. 2015;314(2):189. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3632

When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, but don’t forget about the zebras.

Michael Schaer

Tracking rumors she’s heard of a new barbecue place—
ribs so thick we can almost taste them—my great aunt
and I cruise rural Kentucky back roads, my eyes alert

for lingering smoke, car windows lowered to welcome
brisket’s rich scent. It’s a rolling country of caves
and farms, close to harvest. Sinkholes drain fields dense