People talk about being right handed
or left handed and manufacturers
make some things to accommodate those differences
like scissors, baseball gloves, golf clubs,
along with a few other items,
or for those who are not very handy and
who could use a left handed monkey wrench
instead of a right handed one,
making me wonder if most people also knew
whether they were right footed or left footed,
or even gave it a thought?
It might not be a common topic of conversation,
though I realized I was right footed
from going out for track and field in school.
I liked going out of the blocks with my right foot,
or hitting the board on the long jump and
triple jump with my right foot,
or even when I walk, I always step
forward with my right foot first.
Does one have the habit of putting socks and shoes
on in a particular order, right foot first, then left?
In football there are left and right footed
punters and place kickers,
or someone kicking you in the butt,
they always tend to favor the same foot,
something I know that for a fact having been
kicked more than my share of times
by my various bosses over the years,
and then there are some that say
they have two left feet and can’t dance.
I guess I too have that same problem
when it comes to dancing.
Maybe I’m not as right footed as I once thought.
Duane currently lives in La Vista, NE. He has had poems published in Saga, Poetry Now, Telephone, Lunch, Touchstone, Pastiche: Poems of Place, Fine Lines, The Ibis Head Review, Carcinogenic Poetry and several other publications.