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Poetry and Medicine
January 19, 2011


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Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to jamapoems@jama-archives.org.

JAMA. 2011;305(3):228. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1848

Sun shawls through maple leaves
as if today were special—
the doctor removes the staples
that bind skin-fringes
over artificial bone. Jagged edges
have not yet healed over destiny's teeth.
You wear your scar
like an old soldier, limping
proudly from the hospital
with your newfound cane.

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