On Breaking My Wrist


Marvellous dexterity is inherent
In the five-fingered hand,
And the foresight which equipped
Us with two, is to be applauded.

Take away one temporarily,
Encase it in a damnable cocoon—
Then will I appreciate the ease with which
I formerly accomplished daily tasks.

That one hand might meet the other
With aid and comfort, might conspire
To open a jar or assist with a heavy load,
Or simply reach a part of my anatomy

Where the other cannot go—
Heaven holds no greater bliss than this!


©2016 Michael Fraley




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