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Sarah Cross, MD
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Correspondence to: Sarah Cross, MD; e-mail: sarahcross@alum.swarthmore.edu

Editor's Note: The poet is a resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has run a weekly poetry group, won numerous poerty prizes, and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Medical Humanities. She writes: “The poem was inspired by my surgery rotation as a third year medical student in which I was confronted by the sometimes mutually exclusive expectation of the patient (for perfection and healing) and medical ability. The poem also reflects on my own experience as a patient before I became a surgeon.”

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 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.

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(4):1107. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2720
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I have lain my own body
down on the blue bed,
awoken with the ache
of something missing.
Now I learn how
to position your body
leg here, arms akimbo
for our cut, the best view.
We pull elevated molecules
from blood, follow shadows,
take parts made
so carefully by parents
long ago—you don't need
them, tell you
about smoldering danger.
We do not know
what you are losing.




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