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Poetry and Medicine |

Love in the SNU

Dawn McGuire, MD
JAMA. 2013;309(14):1438. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.113922.
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Whacked with a bat
in Dolores Park for his wallet,
Ari can't make new memories.
All day he lives in Then,
except when his wife of three
decades stands in the doorway.
In her dun-colored muumuu,
sandals from Thrift Co
that leave enough room
for her hammertoes,
she's Aphrodite.
He whoops and sighs
tries to unlock his Geri Chair.
His face is flushed,
then pale as maiden grass.
Suddenly he's mute—
his tongue,
broken by beauty.
That's when I'd give
my temporal lobe, 
my hippocampus whole,
for his cheap blue gown;
to gaze upon first love again,
by which one is made,
inflamed, destroyed—
then raised
to aerial ash
again and again.


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