GUESTBOOK 88: “Why We Have Fingers” (by Anne Vance & Kevin Keelan)


He had an itch that he couldn’t scratch.

It was driving him crazy.

Oh, he could reach it alright,

but it was in a spot he was afraid to touch.

So he let it itch, and throb and burn until it was an obsession-

as real as his nose in the mirror.


But no one else could see or feel his pain.

He wouldn’t let them see, thinking: “It’s my itch.”

“It belongs only to me.”

Then one day he saw a man-

a beggar on the street, ragged and sad,

and he wore his itch on his sleeve!

“Why!” mused the man, “He’s got my itch!”

“How can that be?”


With this, he had to admit

that nobody owns their own pain.

Pain is not a private itch

that we scratch with secret shame

but a public organism-

a common malady of the living.


This is why we were given fingers:

each, to scratch the other’s itch.

* *

 (© 4/5/13)

all rights reserved


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3 Responses to GUESTBOOK 88: “Why We Have Fingers” (by Anne Vance & Kevin Keelan)

  1. Stacy Fisher says:

    Very good read.


  2. says:

    Hey, Kevin,

    I’d forgotten all about this one. I like it. The title is apt. Anne


  3. Reblogged this on KPKworld and commented:

    This one really deserved more readers…


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