Give The Lady A Hand

Written for:  The Twiglets #79 – “my right hand”

I never confuse
my left hand
with my right hand.
Doesn’t measure up
in strength or grip.
Unsuitable for
writing, shaking
hands, eating.
Except for now,
when I have to use
it exclusively,
until the strong
hand heals. Some
-times I think I hear
chuckling, and sounds
of fingers rubbing 
together in glee.


He was her right
hand man until
he left.


No one ever says,
she has two left hands.

All his life he was in command
never asked anyone for a hand
but since business is bad
he has now placed an ad,
Will work for a gross of canned Spam.

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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2 Responses to Give The Lady A Hand

  1. Jules says:

    I know a few folks who have had ‘carpel tunnel’ – one in both hands – and really it was suggested they both get treated at the same time – really?? The person at the time lived alone and nixed that idea!

    Always fun to visit. Again your Limerick hits the nail upon the head. In our local news a company that operated in the area had a big snaffoo with someone in high management disappearing and now the family business had had to close up putting lots of good folks out of work. Though other family member in similar a similar business is trying to help out as much as they can. As well as another local business who is trying to hire those innocents who still need to feed their families.

    And yet there can be more good news too if we just look – Like an inner city youth getting a full scholarship to higher education. There are honest folks who work hard who can learn to breath without just having to ‘survive’.


    • I can’t believe a doctor would suggest having both hands treated at once!
      You are so right about good news being out there as well as tragedy and greed. You have to look around for it sometimes, to save yourself.

      Thanks, Jules.

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