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Poetry and Medicine
August 27, 2019

Washbasin

Author Affiliations
  • 1Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, United Kingdom
JAMA. 2019;322(8):787. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5690

A light flickers.
Palmfuls of water
scooped slowly out of the sink
cleanse an angular face now shaven.
Another scoop and levels recede.
Droplets lost through cracks in weary hands
wet the lino.
The remainder drip
into the soft fabric of a loose towel
that could wrap itself twice round this body.

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