I pull out the splinter
but a small piece remains
in the little finger of
my left hand.
For two days my left thumb
worries it and my buzzing
mind keeps returning to it.
O let me today give
as much attention to the
important things and
let me never dismiss
the small things
as unimportant.

 

Photo of the author’s left hand, with a splinter fragment in the smallest finger.

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