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Special Theme: Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine: MEDICINE AND THE ARTS

The Last Drema

Dacey, Philip

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Those who die in their sleep—

what dream might be theirs

at the last?

a rocky ledge

giving way underfoot?

a pianist about to play

the chord that resolves

a long passage, her hands

above the keyboard, poised

to strike?

a teacher at a blackboard,

the chalk, the chalk dust, the lesson

all bursting into flame?

or merely a dog

wandering aimlessly

into view,

nose down as low

as it can go

and working hard,

picking up the scent,

skinny body

helpless

not to follow

wherever it leads?

© 2002 Association of American Medical Colleges