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Mae Olivet, BA
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Editor’s Note:The author writes, “I wrote this poem because I wanted to write about people not taking good care of themselves. I’m childless, though I’ve “raised” two Humane Society cats. I work as an accounting assistant at a large university, and have a B.A. in English.”

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. 2014;146(2):526. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2889
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We could smell her cornbread from the foyer
after we made snow monsters
with mushroom eyes and green bean grins.
When Ruby died or Ronny lost an eye
Mother stuffed potatoes
propped up by prayer
and gripping sorrow with an oven mitt.
There were two boys, three girls and seven cousins.
When Mother went to bed with pneumonia
she got better in an hour to make everyone cocoa.




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