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Poetry and Oncology
September 5, 2019


Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Oncol. Published online September 5, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.3121

Two charged strands lock
in an endless dance, intertwining
from mother’s womb
to burial’s eve,
unwinding by the whims
of a nameless, surrounding temple.

They must break to survive,
but carefully—