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Poetry and Medicine
April 11, 2017

Bloodwork

Author Affiliations
  • 1Albuquerque, New Mexico
JAMA. 2017;317(14):1483. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18929

Today, with its caverns
of light tunneling the heart,
is a day for opal, turquoise,
copal, and sage, beauty
burning through
the ash sitting in clumps
on the tongue, words
fallen from flame,
the planets torqueing
the skies sending
spirals of thunder
traced with lightning
into the most remote
veins, the chambers
of the heart where
a legato woven
of unnamed intricacies
plays on, etching
its rhythm into the hollows
of the bones, the marrow
despite it all, still singing.

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