The podiatrist said,
” You have hammertoes.”
As if one’s toes could hammer a nail into a wall

Curved toes are like claws.
They can grip anything.

Perhaps I will climb the Empire State Building,
like King Kong,

swing from a tree.

My dog likes my toes and licks my salty feet.

Vincent J. Tomeo is a poet, and was nominated twice for pushcart prize, archivist, historian, and community activist. Vincent, is published in New York times, Comstock Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Edgz, Spires, Tiger’s Eye, By Line, Mudfish, The Blind Man’s Rainbow, The Neo Victorian/Cochlea, The Latin Staff Review among others.