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Poetry and Medicine
April 10, 2018

Washed Feet

JAMA. 2018;319(14):1511. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15768

Undergirding layers of
dirt
skin, and
adipose
a scaffold of bone stands, twenty-six
precise pieces (sans the sesamoids).

An arbor over which drape
arteries and nerves, paired
posterior tibial and tibial
dorsalis pedis and peroneal
branching medial and lateral
       branching,
          branching,
arcades traversing to tippy-toes
as a vine on a trellis
streams toward the soil.

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