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Poetry and Oncology
April 2018

A Last Draw From the Boneyard

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(4):591. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.2915

The man who never lost at dominos
was losing breath-by-breath the secret game we always play:
the one where you walk tall and laugh loudly,
tease little ones and smile, eat okra,
dress yourself,
go without someone holding it for you,
the one where you can swallow anything but your pride.