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BMJ Support Palliat Care 3:223 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000502
  • Poem

Ode to Pain

By David Kelsey (1954–2013)

Hello, old friend,

Long time no see

What new delights

Have you got for me?

Pull up a chair and

Let me look

At your smiling face

You sick old fuck.

Hot, sharp knives

And bands of steel,

Lightning bolts

And the breaking wheel.

Nothing else? …

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