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What will Silence Him? FREE TO VIEW

Michelle Macfarlane, BS
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Editor’s Note: Ms Macfarlane said “I wrote this poem because of the direct impact people with sleep apnea have had on me throughout my adult life. Between partners, sleep apnea can cause resentment and bitterness for both sleep-deprived parties.”

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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Chest. 2012;142(2):537. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2585
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The room in
shades of black and white-
Staring long in the darkness causes this.
Colors of the day melt into charcoal and midnight
I look to my right--my second pillow--a queen-sized bed split in
He is still here, present,
he does not understand-
His mouth opens and closes
while his arms and feet Jerk with uncertainty.
He dreams.
He breathes heavily and my eyes remain opaque.
The pills in the drawer, holding
The colors of early morning.




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