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Poetry and Medicine
May 19, 2020

The Sound of Grief

Author Affiliations
  • 1Boston University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2020;323(19):1977. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1307

I watch in silence
as another boy lies still
upon this shrouded cot.
Garnet jelly pools beside his chest
and bubbles seep from holes
torn in the pale soft skin.
A sigh escapes the room as
if the air has been released
and all the noise replaced by
softer sounds, the closing up
of drawers the final keyboard clicks
the wide broom brushes on the
trash strewn floor the contents to be
bagged and tied for homicide
or simply thrown away.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Thank you, Elizabeth!
    CJ Hinke, PhD | Thammasat University, Bangkok
    We knew we were signing on for heartache. You've expressed what we feel about death every single day. Today will be no different. Thank you.