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Poetry and Medicine
June 6, 2017

Syncope

Author Affiliations
  • 1Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts and SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
JAMA. 2017;317(21):2240. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0524

You lay like a sparrow felled from the sky.
I’d heard a thump, turned around, and found you on the floor.
I should have kept a closer eye.

I called your name and ran frantic to your side,
shook you, and took your pulse. I couldn’t do much more.
You lay like a sparrow felled from the sky.

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