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Oh Wonderful Wrists

Updated on June 18, 2015

We Never Get Any Credit

Almost unnoticed and forgotten

Used every day in so many ways

So much smaller than other parts of your body

Sure we talk about our close neighbors the hands

Who have their own language

They start off a conversation with a friendly wave

How can we compete ?

We sit lower closer to the arm

Completly covered in winter by a long sleeve

Later in the day tied with really tight string

How would you like it around your neck

Cloth covered over our head we can't see

It"s liked wearing a big hoodie

During the day the men wear these heavy metal bands

The woman wear plastic straps choking off any air

Listening to a constant ticking

Before long even their children started

Elastic bands of all different colors

Heavy metal objects banging and clanging constantly side to side

How can anyone get any sleep

The hands get dirty and we get soaped up

Splashed and dunked

Only times we get mentioned

Is when we have been over worked

Working eight hours without any rest

Pushed to move faster and faster

Your hands dragging us along

Up and down

From the cell phone to the computer

Back to the cell phone way past our bedtime

Have you any shame ?

Where the pain is so excruciating

We can't take it anymore

Finally I think you understand when tears come rolling down your eyes

Wrong again

Right from the battefield to the chopping block

You slice us open like a tomato

Cutting out our insides

With big white bandages patching us up

Not even a month later

Sent to the front lines to work more than before

We just started to get some needed rest

Your arms get to build muscle

Your legs get to walk and run

Even your butt gets to sit and rest

Your head gets to wear all kinds of hats

Your stomach gets all the good food

Your neck gets all beautiful ties

Your stomach and chest gets dressed up

Your back gets to lay in a comfortable bed

Your eyes get fancy sunglasses from the bright sun

Even your fingernails get manicured and painted all beautiful colors

Don't get me started on your feet

They get hundred dollar sneakers and long leather boots

Nice fur in the winter

I am not asking for fancy lip gloss like the lips

Colored eye shadow like the eyes or sexy perfumes

Just a little recognition for a job well done

Think of all the fancy moves we make

Like a talented gymnist doing a series of back flips

So next time you grab a ball

Lift something from the floor

Point or stretch

Cut using a steak knife

Giive a silute

Holding your wrists at attention

We are here to serve you at a seconds notice

Give us our own poem at last

Thanking us for all that we do

Wishing Nellieanna a quick and speedy recovery

Soon better than before

Loving my closest friends my hands and my forearms

Together we are something very special

Sharing every activity

Making it as easy as we can

So you can enjoy your day

The best possible way

Rubbing us with a gentle massage every afternoon

Giving us endless compliments

Propping us on a new pillow at bed

Next to your wonderful head

Now we can be proud and sleep good at night


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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Nellieanna It is so nice to see you.In life we learn and almost at the same time forget many things. As we share one good thought after another I am replenished and filled to the brim with enthusiasm. While people are looking at the newspaper and the news and shocked by the sadness of it all. I hold my little lantern out waving it side to side. For every horrifying story there are so many more stories of all the good waiting to be discovered.Off tomorrow I can't wait to get on with my day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      At age 83, I, too, find new discoveries about myself & my life! One thing that doesn't surprise me is that "if it is to be, it is up to me" when it comes to the quality of my life and the health of 'me'. Bouncing back from falls (both physical and emotional ones) is one of those ways. Embracing even those contrasts is also involved. We can't always pick & choose what happens but we CAN pick & choose how we respond and adapt it for our best use & that of others in our sphere of influence.

      It's often surprising how that works out, and how others with their 'contributions' can play key roles in our own lives! But in the whole (holy) scenario - I am the doer in my life and they are the doers in their lives. People may influence each other, but must never try to control or blame each other.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Nellieanna At age fifty I feel aches and pains that I never felt before. I have to laugh I felt body parts I never knew exsisted. All these years and I don't even know my own body. So what else in the world don't I know. I try to stretch often and I am wondering who moved the floor so far away without telling me. Here I come toes. I know my fingers can get there. Thank you for reading my poems and stories. Believe it or not . It's the life that I live and know only to well. Have a day that keeps you smiling and filled with happiness.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      It's wonderful, isn't it?

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      It's all good!

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      We are only human. Our parts wear out and need to be fixed or replaced. I am careful to do what I can and come back later to see the changes

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      Our bodies are amazingly versatile, adaptable & tough. But they are living tissue comprising living beings. Living requires being able to change with the flow of it, and the flow is neither beneficial or malevolent. It is potentially both at different points in that wondrous flow, as we see it & use it! If it were alway 'good' or 'bad', it would be static - which his the opposite of ALIVE. We'd hate that, except we wouldn't be able to feel or react to it. We'd be static too!

      Even 'perfect' would be static, since there would be no further need of improving or trying and extending ourselves to surpass what we've done!! We need to measure ourselves by our progress, improvement & surpassing what we've already mastered. We can't be perfect but may attain excellence but it's vital to be OK with 'not-quite' and even with back-steps or just treading water. We need all of what our lives ARE and are becoming.

      Why else are we here, if not to stretch and grow into our own better and best selves? We don't need to compare ourselves to others, who are all just struggling along trying to find and become their best selves . . . or may be in 'retrograde' mode themselves, or just trying to 'fake it till they make it'! We need not try to judge where they are in their progress or backsliding. We have no way to accurately KNOW their true condition and even less power to fix or change theirs, unless by just living ours & showing an example, which, depending on their condition, they may or may not comprehend - or care. That is THEM. One is oneself. Oneself is one's assignment & sacred responsibility. Themselves are their assignments & responsibilities.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Nellieanna It is amazing what we put our body through every day. Most of the time we bounce right back. Our health is so important. No matter how careful accidents happen.Thank you for reading my hub and making today fun. Your friend Michael.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      OH, my goodness! Are you sure you haven't been experiencing all have been experiencing??? WOW. I'd considered trying to write a poem about the actual experience of that incredibly horrendous fall itself and have thought so much about the experience of the wrists' damage and slow recovery. I'll read it again - it's so accurate! Thank you, dear friend!