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My Left Hand

"It can't even spoon itself food without spilling."

Published onApr 14, 2024
My Left Hand


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Since my injury, I have discovered
my left hand is still a child.
It can’t brush its own teeth
or wash its own face.
It can’t even spoon itself food
without spilling.
Its scrawl reveals it
to be perhaps three or four, at most,
despite its advanced vocabulary.
The right hand has always held custody
but now the left hand is in charge,
home alone, playing with fire,
burning a dinner no one will eat.

Joyce Kelley is a professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery where she teaches courses in British and American literature. 

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