Here’s another poem from How the Hand Behaves:
Our small hands grasped the pencils
as we practiced the circles and loops
in the Palmer Method workbook,
pages lined like music composition sheets.
Intoning the chant
Round the oval, round once more,
Keep your feet flat on the floor…
We bonded the memory of connection
into those muscles and bones.
Over the years, bored at meetings,
I have practiced those circles
Like bedsprings, around the borders of my notebooks.