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Poetry and Medicine
December 18, 2018


Author Affiliations
  • 1Neurology Consultants, Salem, Oregon
JAMA. 2018;320(23):2487. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.11489

Ring enhancing tumor at the top of her brain.
Round as a crow’s nest
where the midshipman sleeps
unaware of the black shoal
dead ahead, dull-eyed albatross
circling, wings spread
like scythes.

     A compass missing its needle.

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