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Poetry and Medicine
June 25, 2019

Fructose-Drunk

Author Affiliations
  • 1West Windsor, New Jersey
JAMA. 2019;321(24):2474. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3321

for Dadi, my grandmother

Summertime, we eat mangoes—
Their sweet ether smell
And wrinkled skin,
Easily broken, oozing juice.

I prick your finger,
Your aged hands shake
You are quiet though it stings.
I squeeze your blood up test strips—
too sweet, always too sweet—

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