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Poetry and Medicine
March 24/31, 2020


Author Affiliations
  • 1Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA. 2020;323(12):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.0078

For days, the silver sprinkler
high on the wall is a mouse
poking its head out. The tangle
of tubing draped over
the circulation-boot pump
is a Medusa-woman’s hair.
You watch a battle rage
on the blank TV screen;
outside the hospital room window,
the white-washed high-rise
makes you think you’re in Miami,
though you’ve never been. Then again,
you’ve never died before either,
never come back like Lazarus
to this same old unfamiliar world.

Section Editor: Rafael Campo, MD, MA, Associate Editor.
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Corresponding Author: Donovan McAbee, MDiv, PhD (donovan.mcabee@belmont.edu).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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