Dominant Hand

The dominant hand
is the one held out for a handshake.
That reaches first to meet
the other in a hug.
Orchestrates the alphabet into
a story or poem.
Initiates the clasp beseeching
mercy’s forgiveness.
Coaxes a purr from a snuggling cat.
Lingers on a lover’s skin.
Guides a child crossing the street.
And yet, folded,
it becomes a potential weapon.
An ancient reflex
sparked by a surge of adrenalin,
its history goes back
to the roots of our existence.
When clenched,
cocked, and loaded, tiptoe
with caution,
there is no talking sense to it.
The dominant hand is
always dangerous when armed.


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