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Diana M. Raab, RN, MFA
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Santa Barbara, CA

Correspondence to: Diana M. Raab, RN, MFA, UCLA, Writers Program, 10995 Le Conte Ave, Suite 440, Los Angeles, CA 90124; e-mail: diana@dianaraab.com

Chest. 2008;133(5):1287. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0039
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The day after I die

and hours after my ashes cool,

find a purple urn with a window.

Purple nurtures my spiritual strength

and windows keep me alive. Remember

I’m claustrophobic and the thought

of being stuck inside a box frightens me,

since I must indulge in my favorite hobby

of people-watching, which sends me

to my journal where I find joy and solace.

Remember writers need time alone—

once a day my window should be closed,

just once a day after I die.

Editor’s Note: Diana Raab, RN, MFA, teaches at UCLA Writers Program and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Her poems and essays are widely published.

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP, Section Editor of Pectoriloquy

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should relate to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submission to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.




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