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Poetry and Medicine
August 3, 2021

A Sea Glass Mind: Reflection on a Grandfather’s Dementia

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2021;326(5):445. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.8775

We yelled at Yéye
from the shore: Huí lai, the sea’s
gonna sweep you in

All we could do was watch him
wade in the widening blue.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Excited to have read the poem with Chinese
    Ruihong Xue, MD | Shanghai Jiaotong University

    We are so excited to have read the lovely poem, in which "Yeye" (which means Grandfather in Chinese) and "Huilai" (which means "Come back" in Chinese) were all Chinese pronunciation.

    We believe this type of poem was not only a mixture of different culture around the world, but also an inspiration from the real life (the author's grandfather might immigrant from China we guess).

    Congratulations to the author for the excellent work and we appreciate the editor publishing this lovely poem.

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