The Simian Line


Mish has set the dverse prompt for today.
‘So,today I am asking you to write a poem that pays homage to hands’.


The Simian Line

The single palmar transverse crease
is etched across your hands –
both of them – rare, I believe.
You’re a one percent boy to man.

Head melding with heart – confusion.
Emotion is a record on faces.
Mind matters most; a skewed fusion
of logic built on moving bases.

Frustration dogs you frequently.
Your crystal clear view – invisible
to the naked eye of all and sundry
who don’t/won’t see – or are unable

without your cursed clarity
and one-eyed reason. The brain,
reluctant to sleep, peddles endlessly
its dilemmas, solutions, think-pain.

You don’t feel a real part of it.
An observer; disregarded.
If only they knew how little
they know – climbed over your guarded

wall into your silent bluff.
Your hands curl in, hiding you palms,
just as your body armour rebuffs
the warmth of a mother’s arms.

About ShirleyB

I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.
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18 Responses to The Simian Line

  1. That final stanza was a surprise to me, but not at all incongruent.

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  2. Grace says:

    That’s an interesting observation of the lines on our palm , like a character sketch ~ I just checked, as I don’t have it, and it is unusual to have this simian line ~ I read that a medical condition might be the reason why it is so (as to why the baby is rejecting the mother’s warmth) ~ Thanks for joining us ~

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  3. ShirleyB says:

    Thanks, Grace. The simian line occurs in approx 3% of European population – a double simian in only 1%. It has been linked to many physiological disorders, but also to great genius. In the case I write about it refers to someone with high functioning Aspergers Syndrome. A type of autism. Among the traits are ‘extreme’ hobbies, profound thinking, a sense of ‘disconnection’ to other people, an inability to fully understand or express emotion – including tactile. They do feel – very deeply, but it all gets mixed up with logic. Hence the heart and head line are merged.
    Hope that helps.

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  4. Bodhirose says:

    It is super interesting. There’s a couple of people who I would like to check this out on…

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  5. “if only they knew how little they know – climbed over your guarded wall into your silent bluff.”
    This line is brilliant. I believe it could be the genuine feeling of those who have a different way of connecting to the world and those around them.

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  6. Such interesting info… The name itself also.. Have you read “The curious incident of the dog in the night time”? The way to connect is so different and understanding other people’s reaction.


  7. ShirleyB says:

    Wow, Bjorg. It’s on my bedside table as we speak, and that’s exactly the condition.


  8. I love what I learn here. It seems I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Thanks Susan! A superb piece!

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  9. Sadly.. Love iS
    Not a rule aT hand..
    but a gift and
    one to be
    when Free
    and practiCinG
    greateR.. when cOld
    hands of fear..
    and hate..:)


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