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Poetry and Oncology
April 16, 2020

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Retired, Department of Dermatology, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
JAMA Oncol. Published online April 16, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0388

Days drag past since the needle pressed
into my core, its suction gurgling.

Now experts debate if disease is banished,
dissect the slush and extracted spicules

like when we tweezed owl pellets in fifth grade
to untangle the remnants of a mouse, a bat,

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