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Poetry and Medicine
December 26, 2017


Author Affiliations
  • 1Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2017;318(24):2497. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.9062

as doctor-son to weekly visit the one
grilling nurses on leg swells and missed
meds the other kneeling chair-side in the
dayroom corner she nodding at phone pix
of grands and great-grands speaking only
to ask PLEASE let me go home and after my
3rd THIS is your home closing her eyes as if
streaming the unimaginable everything
seen loved feared mourned in all but 3
weeks of 99 years shaking her head as if
thinking No not this then 10 hours later

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