Favoring One Side
Because the left ankle wobbles,
the right ankle thickens, compensates.
The sore tooth rests. The others
swoop in, rise up against bread and soup.
One shoulder an inch closer
to the ear, and on the opposite side, a rib
tugging away from the core.
The body is protective of itself, favoring
one side when injury assails
bones, loosens tendons. We’ve got this
under control, double of almost
everything. What isn’t duplicated in us
is at least hooked to a substitute,
and it comes rushing in should we need
it, should we give it a little yank.
We borrow it and it is ours. Our sturdy grip
exists because it did not used to,
but we needed a sling, a shield, a cradle.