JOSEPH E. HARDISON, M.D.
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He sat on the old porch in the straightbacked
cane-bottomed chair staring at his bare feet
big feet brown from the sun
tough enough to run on cinders
or a hard scrabble road
He could pick up a marble with his toes
and could even throw it in a general direction
but he couldn't shoot marbles with his toes
It was funny how you didn't think
of your toes until you stumped
a big one on a flint rock
or jammed the middle one
on the foot of the bed
in the middle of the night
when you had to
JOSEPH E. HARDISON. Rusty Nails. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:418. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-3-418_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(3):418.
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