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Matthew Rodgers, MA Gerontology
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “I have an MFA in Poetry from the New School and have been published in many small and large literary presses.”

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. 2015;147(5):1444. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2693
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I overheard the man
who’s been homeless
for over 40 years ask
the woman beside him
how big her house is
and she goes on a
long rant about her
square footage, the
number of bedrooms
and her proximity to
famous landmarks
and all the while I
watch the homeless
man with the sidewalks
still fresh in his mind and
the half interrupted sleep
brought on by a policeman
who moved him along in the
middle of the night, listen
to the lady who inherited
her Victorian mansion from
her 2nd husband as
unbeknownst to her
his breaths
take on the subtle
curvature of sighs




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