What Takes Time #2

What Takes Time #2
(when fingers have been amputated)

Buttoning and chopping onions.
(you don’t button onions, natch!)
Throwing ball or playing catch;
Diverse actions needing oneness:
Three note chord, arpeggio
(If, of course you’ve played piano)
Wiping rump with just a thumb,
Zipping up,
Applying make-up.
Writing with a pen or pencil,
Lifting any large utensil;
Twists of wrists, techniques and muscles
While you’re rustling something up;
Things take time.
You learn to cope,
And so,
You learn to take things slowly,
Much more slowly than you used to
When you ab- and mis-used time
By buzzing, cruising ‘round
Quite inexcusably.

Now one-pointed and enthused,
A strange new way to be infused –
The will to live renewed,
Things viewed as ordinary now extraordinary.
What takes time with digits gone
May have more than one compensation.
We shall see in years to come.
What Takes Time 11.24.2020/Re-composed 1.2.2022 Birth, Death & In Between III; Pure Nakedness II; Arlene Nover Corwin

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