A Poem by richom

Author: richom
Created: June 12, 2017 at 10:19 am
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: Non Fiction | Article | General/Other
Upload Stats: 6 comments and 270 views


We the forefinger use when we point at our pick
And to tickle, wag, poke, and to dip and then lick.
When it's tapped on our temple, it signals we're smart
And declares something's true when it crosses our heart.

It is raised to announce that we're now number one
And it's pulling the trigger when firing a gun.
It's for pressing a button and scratching our butts
And when twirled near the ear, it means someone is nuts.

                               * * * * *

Called the index, the biggest of fingers is known
For displaying contempt when aloft all alone.

                               * * * * *

We the next finger notice for mainly one thing:
It's encircled when wed or engaged by a ring.

                                * * * * *

Called the pinkie, the little one's weak as can  be.
We extend it politely when sipping our tea.

                                * * * * *

But in terms of importance, the thumb is the star.
The most useful, since opposite, digit by far.
Try to grasp things without it; you'll find that you can't.
Even better's a green one if gardens you plant.

If in baseball ejected, umps give you the thumb.
It was used by Jack Horner to pull out a plum.
It's for infants to suck and for hitchhiking rides
And when turned up or down, someone's fate it decides.

                                 * * * * *

When combined they're a hand, or if clenched they're a fist.
They're attached to the palm which begins at the wrist.
When a hand they have formed, fingers mighty become.
They can pound, punch, and drum, and can grip, squeeze, and strum.

They can shove, slap, salute, and are typing this new.
They can clutch, claw, and wave and can sign language do.
Hands are warmed in a pocket or glove when it's cold,
And they shake hands of others, and lover's hand hold.

Yet our hands can go crazy, especially when
It is people like me who are holding a pen.


Last Modified: June 14, 2017 at 06:01 pm
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Comments & Reviews ( X 13)

January 06, 2018
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I really enjoyed this one Richard, I read all through then went back to try and find a string plucking instrumental piece. maybe I am too much of a music lover. Please keep this sort of entertaining poem coming on as the way things are going world-wide we need this form of entertainment. Take care Old Mate. SL Rod.

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October 18, 2017
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This is an amazing and capturing poem, despite it's simple nature. Great job, I really enjoyed it. Now, I will look twice at my hand when I hold the pen to draw or write, or even wave.

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June 14, 2017
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That's Your own special style, turning anything You want into something fun, and I'm always amazed by Your ability to write with the smallest details, no all can do this with not to mention the well structured poem and great rhyme, wonderful piece, thank You for an enjoyable read.

Thank you very much for your very complimentary review.  I'll try not to let it go to my head and will try, instead, to live up to it in future postings.   

 richom replied on June 15, 2017

June 13, 2017
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This poem took me along the road of finger discover by subterfuge and guile. The object of each digit enlightened word by word until the final threat is delivered at the end.

I loved every bendy honey bit of it. Superb, it really made me laugh!

Thank you for the kind review and also for giving me a way to improve the poem.  I try to avoid using the same word, though it's often unavoidable.   I hadn't thought of "digit" when writing this, so I've now pilfered the word from you and edited the poem, putting "digit" in place of finger in the first thumb stanza.  Thanks.

 richom replied on June 14, 2017

Glad it helped!

 fraido replied on June 15, 2017

June 12, 2017
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Such a unique and well put together piece this. Great imagination and creativity to come up with such a poem. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and as so often with your pieces, it was able to make me smile while reading through it, but at the same time, it's very factual and accurate. Superb poem indeed. Many thanks for a great read.

Thank you very much for the kind review.  It is responses like yours that encourage writers to go on when they are in, to use a baseball term, a slump.  

 richom replied on June 14, 2017

June 12, 2017
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love this a real thought provoker which shows your depth of observation and I just really found myself smiling I particularly liked how this piece developed and rolled fun and so visual in my minds eye thanks for sharing and making me smile and stop in my tracks

Thank you very much for your very generous review.

 richom replied on June 12, 2017

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