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  1. Aparna Sajja
  1. Corresponding to Aparna Sajja, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; asajja{at}

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Its feigned objectivity

crisply ironed with the cost of ignorance.


by the wearer's lack of intention.

Far from pure ––

with calculated aloofness.

How soon it forgets,

though rarely forgives

our shared history.

Priding the consumer's need

in its sustenance and power.

Its fabric no longer delicately woven

from dreams of multicolored shepherds

set free,

seeking to heal.

Now mass produced,

fit to provide

for an economy of its kind.

Forgetting that without you,

I am not.

May wrinkles and stains fall upon it,

graceful reminders of its truth.


  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.