Poems of the Week

God’s Gift

by Julia Griffin

“Giving the Middle Finger Is a ‘God-Given’ Right, a Quebec Judge Says”
The New York Times

When God made Adam out of dirt,
He did not make him linger
But kept directions quick and curt:
“This is a middle finger.

“I’ll give away your favorite bone
(I’ve got a special rivet),
But as for this, it’s yours alone:
It’s up to you to give it.

“This central digit lets you see
(And seeing is believing),
That giving now and then may be
Still better than receiving.”