A Hand

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Claudine Jones

Last time she worked a paid job

full-time admin

a morning of furious data entry

the start of painful fumbling

and that right middle finger fixed

in a semi-permanent salute

took unpaid time off—

get her fingers re-trained

on an ergonomic keyboard

to keep going


A night-class assignment


for twenty minutes

no computers available

A pencil would be torture

the only way—just

dictate on a cell phone

sitting staring

out in the hall

apart from the others


During rehearsal a cast member

slashed open his thumb

she had chipped a glass prop onstage

and failed to alert the crew

Decades later she overheard he

had died in miserable torment

a systematic betrayal

finally preventing

even breathing

his hands


long since useless

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Claudine Jones | Scene4 Magazin

Claudine Jones has had a long, full career as an Actor/Singer/Dancer. She writes a monthly column
and is a Senior Writer for Scene4.
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