Fingernails

Another chore is calling. It
Is time to cut my fingernails;
Just one more choice I might get wrong
And send my poor night off the rails –

There is no upside I can see;
For varied colors I have none.
I’ll go with “clear & manly” for
That’s how I always get them done.

But I might cut too short and then
I end up in a painful mess,
Or I might clip them jagged and
Then scratch my wife with my caress.

A thankless task I must endure.
And now you have endured it too:
Like fingernails across a board
I’ve shared my clipped concerns
With you

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