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Connie Levesque, MFA
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Editor’s Note: The poet writes, “‘Apnea’ was inspired by a snoring spouse. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and am currently a volunteer driver escorting seniors to medical appointments.”

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(5):1353. doi:10.1378/chest.11-3197
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All night, trains squeal
down the tracks, kicking off
sparks that singe  the thin skin
of sleep.
  Pines, felled by his sawing
wheeze, thump  onto coiled springs,
scent the sheets with needles
  and bark. All night,
the orchestra tunes
  its instruments—cello and
kettle  drum, oboe and clarinet.
Finally, the conductor lifts his baton.
comes without




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