Richard George

Rookie (June 1,1965 / Cheltenham, U.K.)

Unidexter - Poem by Richard George

My yanked-out shoulder needs this sling
For a minimum of three weeks:
And patience never has been my big thing.

Right-handed, right hand gone,
What two hands did without a thought
I must learn again with one;

Prising plug from wall enlist
The service of auxiliaries,
A foot, a wrist.

I empty bladder seated,
Inch my socks on, toe by toe,
By one task only, shoe-laces, defeated.

But I'm in good spirits:
A challenge without choice like this
Inspires you to it,

I'm not in pain, I'm strapped in,
I've codeine for the long small hours
And at last I understand the one hand clapping.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 16, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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