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Poetry and Medicine
May 23/30, 2017

Missed Appointment

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA. 2017;317(20):2135. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0125

supposed to come
at one, did not
but his chart said surfing accident
mexico, broken neck,
unmoving, a young man
the story is never really new

tragedy is an old form
literary and alive
where the end rises
inexorably from the king
or the gods or your own good self
or the waves