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Poetry and Medicine
May 2, 2017

The Meeting

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Missouri, Kansas City
JAMA. 2017;317(17):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20120

Just numbers on a pager but I knew,
it was about him.
It can’t be put off any longer. “No,
please wait, let’s go back
to your son’s room.” An apprehensive air.
Hesitant words.
I’m afraid to say.
Your most dreaded. My most difficult.
We need to talk about it now. My voice
is lost, cut with tears.
You were so understanding.
I couldn’t understand.