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Poetry and Medicine
February 25, 2020

My First Mammogram

JAMA. 2020;323(8):794. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21562

My shadow has darted behind
the cold antiseptic wall–
and humming machines,
not wanting to be seen.
My first time in the decorative parlor
smelling of alcohol and
nurses’ white rubbery shoes,
no perfume allowed.

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