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Leslie Harper Worthington, Phd
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Editor’s Note: The poet is an assistant professor of English at Gainesville State College, Georgia. “She’s the One” relates some of her feelings concerning her sister’s breast cancer and the often capriciousness of disease.

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions 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.

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2011;140(1):264. doi:10.1378/chest.10-1880
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She’s the one
Diving into vats of sunblock
Our mother holding her by the heel to pull her out.
Passing on cocktails,
Never picking up a cigarette,
Chugging bottles of water
On the jog back and forth from the gym.
Never had the jugs to bounce in her face at every step.
Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
As if it deactivates the antioxidants.
Caffeine even more deadly than saccharine.
“Bran muffins are for mornings.
Everyone forgets about colon health.”
“It’s about balance,” she says.
Never balanced a baby on her hip.
An ounce of milk is worth a pound of cure.
That won’t be her.
But yet, she’s the one
That lost a breast.




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