Ode to Toe

DSC_1693A month ago, I broke my toe.
The one most dinky, my little left pinkie.

It made me *YOWL!* tilt back and howl,
The searing pain refused to wane.

The toe, it grew, turned black and blue,
Those near it blushed like a tattoo.

But hey! today—this sumptuous day—
My husband-coach, who knows my way,
Mapped out ONE mile for my assay.

“And then,” he warned, brooking no scorn,
“Put it on ice.” I did. But, yikes!
This coldness is not paradise.

I’m not inclined to sittin’ and mopin’,
Just glad to take some ibuprofen.
The dried-off toe is elevated,
May healing thus be accelerated.

Thank you for hearing my tale of woe.
I hope you will be quick to know
The main moral, most apropos:
Try never, NEVER, to break your toe.

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11 thoughts on “Ode to Toe

  1. Oh Dear, I broke one of my toes as a child…very painful. Praying you are a fast healer. While you are sitting, you might enjoy a book I just checked out from the library: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell. Photographs of BP and her family, copies of her drawings, and it explores why Peter, Jemima Puddle-duck and characters are so familiar with plants.
    love and prayers, jep

      • Dear Carol, I am the one so thankful for you and your “living pencil” and all you contribute to my life. I also just finished reading Delancey by Molly Wizenberg (the food writer and author of A Homemade Life and the blog Orangette). As a food lover, you might like it, too. love and prayers, jep

    • I was walking briskly through my son’s house. My left foot did not clear the very low brick hearth. So, I guess I just stubbed the toe. But it had the force of a hammer coming down on it.

      • Eina!

        (a short exclamation word for pain in Afrikaans…meaning: ouch!)…..

        pronounciation: “ei” as the ‘a’ in ‘lake,bake’ – and the “na” – a short (or long sound heavily dependent on the pain level of the injury;-) ‘a’ as in “ah”

        …. a teaching lesson early on a cold Saturday morn’…

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