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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. The poem was inspired by her mother-in-law who lost her husband to leukemia.

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(2):554. doi:10.1378/chest.10-1881
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Plant purple pansies in the box out front.
Call that boy about the grass.
Eat dinner in the captain’s chair
Across from the wide window.
Play a little jazz on the clock radio.
That’s what I’ll do.
Write the thank you notes.
Clean out the closet.
Carry it all to that church around the corner.
Fall asleep on the leather couch.
Wake after midnight to the sound of my own breath.
That’s what I’ll do,
When I come home without you.




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