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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2019

POETRY by Samuel Miller, M.D.

Samuel Miller, M.D.
Samuel Miller, M.D.

By Samuel Miller, M.D. | March 25, 2008


Where is the person who was known as me?
A Rip Van Winkle sound a-sleep for years
who gathered all that stuff; a history
much writ in disappearing ink? Arrears

of memory; of loss of calcium,
of thinning skin? Stop here and now the list
to see if one can count somehow a sum
of blessings; of some things gone, not missed.

There is small profit in accountancy,
no way to count the value of a day
nor should one try as long as one can be
a friend to friends. Despair? No way, no way!

Van Winkle, keep yourself in shadowed dark
and I will guard what's left;
not flame — a spark.

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Samuel Miller, M.D., age 94, published Second Sight in 2004; his collection of poems is now in its third printing. Miller grew up on his family farm in Greene County, Tenn. He earned degrees at Tusculum College, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He was a family practitioner/obstetrician in Abingdon from

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Meet the poets featured in the April issue of A! MAGAZINE FOR THE ARTS and read their poetry by following the links below:

— Poetry Events
Arts All Around: A Day Without Poetry by Barbara-lyn Morris
Arts for Youth Spotlight: ETSU Senior Researches Japanese Poet
Back to the main story by Rita Quillen
Jane Hicks
Felicia Mitchell
Delilah O'Haynes
Neva Bryan
Rees Shearer
Gretchen McCroskey
Benjamin Dugger
Warren Meredith Harris
David Winship
Henry McCarthy
Lena Cantrell McNicholas