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Poetry and Medicine
February 20, 2018

Not Wanting

JAMA. 2018;319(7):725. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13827

No desire left.
It has been buried
in the house on the hill
among the mounded cypresses
shouldering the horizon.
It wants to not want any more.

It is tired of itself, tired of
the fatigue of constant
expectation, bored with
the sea and the flock of ibis
settling among the sheep,
vallied and still, the bees
in the apiary.