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Poetry and Oncology
February 2018

The Waiting Room

JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(2):266. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.2703

In the hospital across from Heavenly Whispers
there is a waiting room
filled with redwood trees
and a creek
that trickles near the edge.

This coastal variety grows in stands,
each circle surrounding an empty center where
there was once a precursor
tree whose roots have given rise
to the two-hundred-foot-tall trees
that now face the center.