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Poems: Body Parts

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1207


  • When I move my arm, I'm reminded

  • by a scything pain

  • that death the reaper is not just

  • an illustrative Mediaeval woodcut.

  • Behind my back, my doctor stoops

  • to confide in my tendons.

  • ‘Aha, scapula,’ he says

  • as if to soothe it with the sound

  • of its Latin name.

  • To me, off-hand, he enquires:

  • ‘Does it hurt when you …

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