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Gary D. Swaim, PhD
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Correspondence to: Gary D. Swaim, University of Texas at Dallas JO31 211100 Box 830688, Richardson, TX 75083; e-mail: gdswaim@verizon.net

Editor's Note: The author teaches playwriting and poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas. While dancing onboard a cruise ship, he witnessed the event his beautiful poem depicts.

—Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).

Chest. 2009;135(2):583. doi:10.1378/chest.08-1610
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He gathers her from a metal
chair, cradles her cautiously
in his arms. They dance.
Jobim and Gilberto
know nothing of MS, nor tonight
does she as, with closed eyes buried
deeply in his chest, her mind moves
to slow, complicated rhythms
of the bossa nova while limp legs trail
marionette-like along the polished floor.




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