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Education  |   January 2015
Electrocardiogram
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Audrey Shafer, M.D.
    From the Stanford University School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California. ashafer@stanford.edu
  • Accepted for publication May 30, 2014.
    Accepted for publication May 30, 2014.×
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Education / Cardiovascular Anesthesia
Education   |   January 2015
Electrocardiogram
Anesthesiology 01 2015, Vol.122, 206-207. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000000346
Anesthesiology 01 2015, Vol.122, 206-207. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000000346
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The repolarization of a t wave

an ocean roller over an invisible sand bar, a lull

until a p wave begins its small rise above the isoelectric

the chop of look-at-me qrs’s

not called complexes for nothing

peaks, troughs, weddings, divorces

births transforming more than bodies into mothers

and deaths

underneath the swells

salt churns cold and warm currents

a low t wave stretches into a u

waves in succession

storms of qrs’s surging into t’s

wide and lopsided as sinking freighters

till a pause between series

the ocean a windless lake

no more p’s, no more qrs’s, no more t’s

this is my autobiography:

the story of a wave

and then the next

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