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Volume 2, Issue 3
Autumn 2006:


Shirley Adelman

Cell 2 Soul. 2006 Autumn; 2(3):a11

Faces of pain beneath the painting,
"Southeast View of the Hospital,"
serene contrast to spasms and stings
shooting through shoulders, hips, and backs.
Patients sit, sit as morning turns into
afternoon, sit as the sun slips away.

Across a room wide as an ocean liner
they sit on thinly upholstered chairs,
pale, portraits of pain,
for a doctor who will read their MRIs,
but not their faces. No time for patients
to slip into gowns and examine
veins pooled like storm swept islands.

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