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Poetry and Medicine
September 28, 2005

Perthes Girl

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Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1470. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1470

Gray on gray, the mute montage of x-rays
Illuminate a mush of upper femur
Negated by half along its headway,
Graded rough as a sandlot in summer.
Eventually you’d abuse your crutches
Resourcefully enough to bat wiffle balls,
Play at tag (no one was out of your reach),
Illustrate a length of beach with murals.
Gray on gray, the mute montage of x-rays
Evidence a slow regeneration
Of tissue, shaped by years of therapy, this
Nine-sixteenths-inch lift your one concession.

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