Joseph Herman, MD
Herman J. An Obvious Truth. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:172. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-2-172
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(2):172.
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Asked about tautologies, the tweedy prof,
Reflectively tapping his pipe on a worn-down heel,
Makes tenured utterance: "Birds are birds."
Just so, the past is well behind you
And while it is possible to repeat mistakes
There is, thankfully, no way to relive it.
Every day, then, must be a new beginning
With no allowance for who you were.
The weightiest prize yesterday could offer
Accentuates the blankness of this present page
While paunch, stoop and a sprinkling of hoar
Belie the campaigns, the victory, the parched hurrahs
That happened to someone whose scars are still yours.
A brave private
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