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Poetry and Medicine
June 11, 2019


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  • 1West Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2019;321(22):2247. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2524

cyborg ˈsīˌbôrɡ/ n. a fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body. A name given as a compliment. A person on her basement floor, relearning her hips. Laughing at the impossibility of correct. Restored function. Listening to the clinks. Looking as outer space becomes inner, the world enclosed. Closed. Is this your wildest dream? Is this what I always was? Is this not what we say we aren't? Have I become? Mama, I am shifting, shifting. Something is wrong, wrong. I am not getting what I came for. Something has been broken, b r o k e. Please. The bone knows, the bone knows, the bone knows. We've been tricked. Get me out. Us, out.

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