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Crooked Pinky

Published by JIM HARSTAD | Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:59 AM


100 words for February.


This wacked-out little finger?

It was third grade,
he was Melvin,
she was Irene,
and I was in the way.

To Melvin I was.
Nobody asked Irene.

Irene had dark eyes,
raven hair,
a quiet smile.

Melvin wanted to see me at recess
to bend my fingers backward.

I didn't know that's what he wanted
until he grabbed my hand.

"Hey, that hurt!" I yelled,
balling my hand into a fist
and slugging Melvin's bony chest,
hard.

"I'm glad Melvin's crying," Irene whispered,
running cold water over this very finger,
which stayed cheerfully purple and swollen
for over a month.



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