2019 Day 16 – This Is My Hand

This is my hand.
It has four fingers and a thumb.
This is my hand.
The ends of the fingers are red and rough from chewing; the thumb also.
This is my hand.
The skin over the finger joints is loose; it sags.
This is my hand.
It can write poems.
This is my hand.
The ends of the fingers are wrinkled from washing up.
This is my hand.
There is a blue vein standing out from the back. It squishes when you press it.
This is my hand.
In the winter the fingers turn white, then purple, then red, or sometimes all three together.
This is my hand.
It can stroke cats.
This is my hand.
There is a trace of chocolate under one fingernail. I can’t think how that got there…
This is my hand.
One fingernail has a ragged edge. This annoys me but my scissors are in the bathroom. I may chew it off.
This is my hand.
I have forgotten what the lines on my palm mean. Which is the life line, and which the heart?
This is my hand.
It can weave wire.
This is my hand.
Lately it cramps into strange shapes at unexpected moments.
This is my hand.
It is softer than you’d think.
This is my hand.
My fingers may be shrinking. Or maybe my rings are expanding. Either way, they’re loose.
This is my hand.
It can hold your hand.

Notes: “Today, I challenge you to write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane. ” Well, I managed a list about something mundane, in any case.

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4 responses

  1. This is a great response to the prompt. I especially like the chocolate under the fingernail (I can’t image how that could get there; that never happens to me) and the ragged fingernail. I might have added a hangnail that I was compelled to worry until it hurt because the cuticle scissors were in the other room, and the brown spots appearing on the back of my hand that reminded me of my mom if it was my poem.

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