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Poetry and Medicine
June 27, 2017

Shared Vision

JAMA. 2017;317(24):2555. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1113

Two globes to see the world,
each in its lashed and shuttered orbit,
looking out, like identical twins
tracking parallel lives.

It begins with waves of light, reaching just such eyes
at the calibrated center of the iridescent iris,
through which all our history has passed,
wide-eyed and pin point.
And that fraction of reflected light
carries to each crystalline lens,
slung between humoral chambers,
where captured light is bent,
refracted to converge on the retinal shoreline
with its crowded rods and cones
and their pigments for the primary colors—
our palette for composing light
into points of view.

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