Juggler by Todd Davidson

Here’s another poem from How the Hand Behaves:

The Juggler

Spinning a tin plate

on a drumstick,

he beckons the little girl:

put up your finger.

He transfers the tin plate from the drumstick

to her finger.

There’s a serious intensity

to his whimsy.

His face red with exertion,

 heat of the summer evening

at the street fair.

Two deep ridges furrow his brow.

His hair short, shoe brush bristly,

wired with gray as

his stubbly beard.

All his brainpower

poured into the juggling.

Hand-eye coordination,

two knife sharp eyes.

At sixty, he maintains his body

like a fine old Volvo –

running smooth.

Introvert who juggles

time, cash, yardwork,


all of that.

Now there’s a lovely silver ball,

tangerine sized, translucent,

which rolls along his hand,

up his forearm,

twisting at his elbow,

down the other side and

back into the palm,

rolling of its own volition.

Juggler by Jay Goldklang

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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