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
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HARDISON JE. 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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