March 2005 / Volume VI / Issue II
Owen Roberts

yesterday it was bleeding gums,
last week a fractured foot
today an ingrown fingernail
the finger is swollen and throbbing,

I cant describe how much...
If youre going to bitch about your finger, I dont want to hear it. 
When I tried to tell you about that pain in my side, you told me to stop whining. 
So I dont care about your finger.

she was right
and once again
I found myself in a similar situation;
being wrong

I closed my eyes
and focused in on the throbbing
it was steady, like a heartbeat
and if I had anyone who remotely cared
or willing to listen to my gripes;

Id mention how incredibly painful
one little finger could be