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Brenda Butka, MD
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “The rhythms of the Intensive Care Unit, especially the waveforms and small sounds of bedside monitors, call to mind music and dance—including the charting of choreography.”

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;148(1):295. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2885
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We know the heart an electric thing.
That could be metaphor, but song
is not the tune we sing. Strictly
electricians marking square by square
as fact—
the dance, the points, the pirouettes,
offbeat rhythms, jazz, tap—
the heart’s choreography transcribed as graph.
A metronome of background noise
behind our days, our monitors reflect
an accidental poetry of line
in epic greens and grays.


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