Skinned Knees

Ode to a broken toe

Skinned Knees
Ode to a broken toe

 

I took a photo

And sent it to you

Of my right big toe

Coloured black and blue

 

But did you really want to see

The consequence of a concrete slab,

And my clumsy body?

 

I didn't see what was in the way

If only I knew

Is it normal that my nail's gone grey?

I wish I'd worn a sturdier shoe

 

I went running the next morning

Assumed it'd be fine

Ignoring the swelling

Which on reflection, was unwise

 

After over exerting

I forgot to rest and recuperate

Again my toe started hurting

Too little too late.

 

I heard you can break a toe

without knowing

The bruising soon goes

And then you look more carefully where you're going

 

No harm done

No need to seek help

You'll still walk, dance, run

But a twinge is sometimes felt.

 

I'm sorry right big toe, and my body too

For leaving my foot a mess

And I'm sorry to you

For being careless

 

So when your rushing

From one thing to another

It could be your heart or your toe that gets a squashing

Your feelings of pain you should never smother.

 

Take time, keep it elevated

Put on some ice

See what you created

 

 

WRITTEN BY BETHAN SCREEN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHUNI LUCÍA PÉREZ