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Poetry and Medicine
December 22/29, 2015


Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2015;314(24):2694. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10471

The pigments must have come from somewhere,
but you don’t remember where.
Blue from the indigo plant perhaps,
yellow from a spice grown in Egypt.
I hear they make a special green
by hanging copper strips over fermented grape skins,
or is that another lie?
You paint what you cannot see.
A wing in the upper left-hand corner,
brush strokes like animal tracks.

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