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Poetry and Medicine
June 21, 2016

Neighborhood Playground

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2016;315(23):2625. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1267

There are no clusters of vans from news
stations. No helicopters hovering overhead.
This neighborhood isn’t the sort of place
where these things are noticed.

But a playground is no place for bullets.
Those who live here stand on the corner
or clean the sidewalks in front of their shops.
Sometimes they glance over at the scattered

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