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Jerome Cantor, MD
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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

Editor’s Note:The author writes, “The idea for this poem arose out of my interest in portraying emotional conflicts in terms of physical objects and processes.” Dr Cantor is a pathologist with a special interest in lung research.

Brooklyn, NY


Copyright 2017, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2017;151(6):1395. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.12.020
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    I sat within the tethered wheel
    Propelled by ancient fears
    That sprung from saddened residues
    Collected through the years

    The crumbling words that tumbled out
    Proclaimed my dissipation
    While tempting me with offerings
    Of unforeseen salvation

    Then buoyed by waves of swirling rage
    That swelled throughout the night
    I cast my darkest thoughts aside
    And hid them from the light

    But when the wheel lurched back again
    It spun me through the air
    Then plunged my heart into the ground
    Demolished by despair


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