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Marc L. Demers, MD
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Editor’s Note:Dr Demers has published poetry in a number of journals and draws his inspiration from the everyday courage and grace he witnesses in the patients he knows. His writing is colored by a life lived in Florida and along the coast of Maine.

Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.

Chest. 2016;149(2):598. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.10.056
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    It will be his knee that helps the bone man
    pay a bit of tuition,
    for his advance is full wince and waddle.
    Though on a wet day, a disc of some sort and the hip
    will squeal as harshly.
    Such a frame is stuff for aspirin and description
    enough to weary the nimble.
    His aches enjoy regard reserved for favored sons or baseball,
    and so he drinks his tea with them alone.
    Gone are the swell pals, new cleats, that college girl, the
    first good check, the tang of rye.
    All tucked into lifeboats and vanished horizons ago.
    These few companions, this final boat will wait
    and help him cross the rail and slip the davits
    To a dim and yielding sea.




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