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Poetry and Medicine
October 10, 2017

The Death of Michael Jackson

Author Affiliations
  • 1Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
JAMA. 2017;318(14):1397. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4232

Propofol erases
scandal and desire;
it shuts down talk show
debates about your
mental state. It wipes
out the need to dance
until your legs give way.
It disappears vitiligo.
It rubs out race and
childhood, and erases
the contract for
the comeback
that might fail. It
erases even sleep. Michael
had to have it, had to
pull the drug down
like misfortune-proof
blinds between himself
and the planet.

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