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Poetry and Medicine
December 19, 2017


Author Affiliations
  • 1Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities and Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2017;318(23):2358. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8548

You staked your claim
with a Sharpie
of purple ink
like a friend memorializing
feeling in the soft flesh
of aspen

marking the site
against future absence,
a promise you’d be back
to take me—
parts of me
to be precise.

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