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Impose Your Government, Oppose My Thumb

By Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Impose Your Government, Oppose My Thumb

I fell and jammed my thumb
on my good hand.

It clicks now when I bend it
and produces a dull pain.

I pull on it, trying to stretch things out,
but it doesn't work.

My thumb is thick and veiny.
Shakes along with the tremor
in my hand.

I try to reassure myself
that I am not too old,
that this is an injury
and nothing else.

But uncertainty creeps into everything.
Like a mouse through kitchen cornmeal.

And my thumb keeps clicking.
As though it is tapped like a
government phone.

Everyone listening in.
Taking turns with the headphones
for a laugh.

Article © Ryan Quinn Flanagan. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-01-15
Image(s) are public domain.
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