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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Self-Portrait on the Other Hand or, On the Distinctiveness of Fingers (after Nestlé, Kit Kat)

Left Pinkie: below-stairs finger, dinner-server, burnt tundra
at the knuckle, would-be cocker of posh drinks (were I posher);

Ring finger: wrinkled at the print, cradler of dishes while other
digits do the grist, diamond neck-brace wearer (were I straighter);

Up-Yours Finger: piggy-in-the-middle malingerer, head and shoulder
above the others, un-tapping rester on the table (were I calmer);

Index Finger: pointer at horizons, daily-placard-waver (were I even lefter),
J’accuse Finger, Trademarker – who made you finger taker, finger breaker?

© Caleb Parkin


Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, facilitator & filmmaker, based in Bristol. He works with schools, museums, universities and others & is completing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Winner, Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 National Poetry Competition 2016 - 2nd Prize The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 - Shortlist Watch filmpoem 'Bony Orbit' on Atticus Review I was on Poetry Please here Twitter: @CalebParkin

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