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Poetry and Medicine
October 15, 2019


Author Affiliations
  • 1Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco, California
JAMA. 2019;322(15):1521. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.12547

I chose pink, a cluster of carnations
lifted from their bin and carried home.

Trim the stems, the florist said,
a tip meant to make them last longer.

One phone call can change things.
My brother says jaundice, a mass, surgery in March.

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