With Thumb and Index Finger






With Thumb and Index Finger


With thumb and index finger,

you rub your eyes:

spring allergies.


How many things your hands did today!


Rub, tap, reach into,

twist this doorknob or that,

lift, pull apart,

button, hold a pen or pencil,


travel a Rand-McNaly map

across the continent,


stroke, sooth, turn a page,

grip a steering wheel,

cup a bowl of soup

(Do you remember the palm’s warmth?)

swing loosely at your sides,


circle beads, scratch your nose,

cup, catch, slide along, make a fist,

pat, imitate a spider—

you could list at least twenty more.


                               -Dick Allen


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