Left-Handed Compliment

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Tribute  (posted by Sumana)

For today’s Motif you are to write a Tribute Poem expressing praise for your subject.

The subject can be varied and is of your own choice. Select someone / something (an abstract concept will do too) worth celebrating and honor them in your lines.

Here’s to a trouper
most often ignored
mostly a drooper,
now more assured.

Right hand was the stronger
for eating and writing.
Not any longer
after colliding

wrist down with cement,
six weeks in a cast.
While right hand laments
Left’s showing class.

Valiantly it tries
to cut up my food
and though hope of that dies
lefty’s mastered the spoon.

It can open most doors
but fails at glass jars.
My hair is a roar,
my makeup’s from Mars.

Still comforting to know
when one hand lets you down,
that the other hand shows
willingness to wear the crown.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Left-Handed Compliment

  1. Oh Sara, this sounds frustrating and difficult………..I do hope it is healing well and that soon you will have two hands again. I cant imagine! When one leg gave out on me, I learned how much we take our extremities for granted – till one of them is out of commission. Great tribute poem.


  2. oldegg says:

    I loved this and can remember breaking a bone first in my left wrist (no worries) then a year or two later in my right (major problems). Lucky I was pre teens both times so did survive to break bone in lower leg later playing soccer that did restict me quite a bit…but I could feed myself OK then!


  3. susan chast says:

    I remember similar injuries. I hope you are out of pain. You are right to celebrate the one that is always standing by in case it is needed!


  4. Myrna says:

    I can imagine how difficult it is to function with only one hand. Nice that you maintain your good humor.


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    O my! Now that’s quite a daunting task to manage with one hand. A good tribute to one who is through thick and thin.


  6. mhmp77 says:


    Still comforting to know
    when one hand lets you down,
    that the other hand shows
    willingness to wear the crown.

    How nice to be privileged with 2 hands – a divine blessing in reality!



  7. thotpurge says:

    Reminds me that I take two able hands for granted… instead of being grateful. Hope your hand is better soon Sara.


  8. Vivian Zems says:

    Heal soon Sara! It’s always a good reminder not to take our hands for granted. Love the write.


  9. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Thank goodness, it was only one hand! But so frustrating that it was your dominant hand…


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