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Joyce Thomas
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Editor’s Note: “‘Murmur’ reflects my doctor’s usual response when he listens to my heart murmur. I am a professor of English at Castleton State College, Vermont. I had open heart surgery to repair a hole in my heart that had been undetected since birth.”

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2011;139(4):962. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0474
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“I hear it,” he says, sounding my depths,
his stethoscope tuning me to him,
him to the blood imperfectly coursing in.
I, too, have heard that sea lapping the shoals,
unseen tides murmuring where sandpipers sprint
shadowed by low-flying gulls.




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