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For the Necessary: You

For the Necessary: You POETRY AND ONCOLOGY Ellen Zhang, BA You cram memories before every high tide, each one jamming in your throat like fishbones. Homeostasis: the most casual sacraments. Nobody blames you, you know. Yesterday, hearing the brokenness of dawn mist. Best attire, father, veteran, patient dissolved labels to tears. You are a shadow knocked straight with army of pulsations: atrium, varicose, sinoatrial, occipital lobe. You dream of hagfish, vertebrae less, horrifying enough to yield stirrings of kinship. Doubt unreels, improbable as nightfall, 500 miles on silt continental floors baited with rotting fish. They have five hearts and scavenge for the dead, but can’t you understand, they have no feeling? What is the apt metaphor for mucin, protein fibers, bulkiness of saltwater, armor-like over your entire being? Don’t you realize that they evolved strength, resiliency of more than 300 million years? Don’t you believe practicing of love and trauma distills from the same place, the act of living? Don’t you think there is electrical beauty in ripples emitting echoing, exhausting before enveloping into themselves? You say, you are the tainting of the most sacred. There are twelve perfect ones here—savor them. Final one in the beginning for luck: you are not savior http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Oncology American Medical Association

For the Necessary: You

JAMA Oncology , Volume 7 (2) – Feb 23, 2021

For the Necessary: You

Abstract

POETRY AND ONCOLOGY Ellen Zhang, BA You cram memories before every high tide, each one jamming in your throat like fishbones. Homeostasis: the most casual sacraments. Nobody blames you, you know. Yesterday, hearing the brokenness of dawn mist. Best attire, father, veteran, patient dissolved labels to tears. You are a shadow knocked straight with army of pulsations: atrium, varicose, sinoatrial, occipital lobe. You dream of hagfish, vertebrae less, horrifying enough to yield stirrings of...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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2374-2437
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2374-2445
DOI
10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.6190
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Abstract

POETRY AND ONCOLOGY Ellen Zhang, BA You cram memories before every high tide, each one jamming in your throat like fishbones. Homeostasis: the most casual sacraments. Nobody blames you, you know. Yesterday, hearing the brokenness of dawn mist. Best attire, father, veteran, patient dissolved labels to tears. You are a shadow knocked straight with army of pulsations: atrium, varicose, sinoatrial, occipital lobe. You dream of hagfish, vertebrae less, horrifying enough to yield stirrings of kinship. Doubt unreels, improbable as nightfall, 500 miles on silt continental floors baited with rotting fish. They have five hearts and scavenge for the dead, but can’t you understand, they have no feeling? What is the apt metaphor for mucin, protein fibers, bulkiness of saltwater, armor-like over your entire being? Don’t you realize that they evolved strength, resiliency of more than 300 million years? Don’t you believe practicing of love and trauma distills from the same place, the act of living? Don’t you think there is electrical beauty in ripples emitting echoing, exhausting before enveloping into themselves? You say, you are the tainting of the most sacred. There are twelve perfect ones here—savor them. Final one in the beginning for luck: you are not savior

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JAMA OncologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 23, 2021

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