Saturday, March 31, 2012

IGWRT's - Fireblossom Friday "Beloved Hands"




Beloved Hands

Inside warmth familiar
her hand rested,

leather smooth
against her cheek,

and remembered

the gentle hands of a strong man
intimately trailing low

calloused hands soothing away
a daughter's tears, a son's fears

disciplined hands teaching
fairness, perseverance

encouraging hands wrapped
about hers, offering security

patient hands caressing
many a fevered brow

helping hands willing
to lighten her load

faithful hands pressed together
leading them in prayer

remembered

and slowly slipped his gloves
into the box, reluctant to let go.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, March 30, 2012


This is for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads "Fireblossom Friday", topic: Bodies.   This is the second time I have reworked this poem and I think this is my favorite version.  

9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

how very sweet...

Janet said...

A total tear-jerker...precious beyond words. the end is breath-taking! Yes, perfect!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is very touching. The hands reveal much of the personality of the person who uses them. I think you expressed that so clearly in this poem.

Grace said...

Nice twist in the end...great retelling of memories through the
hands/gloves ~

Happy day to you~

Fireblossom said...

Oh. This is just lovely, and made my eyes sting. Thanks so much for linking such a special poem to my little prompt.

lisa said...

Everything about this is truly beautiful.

missing moments said...

Wonderful memories.

Ginnie said...

It's a wonderful version, Margaret!

Margaret said...

Thank you everyone. I think this version is better... I find the process of "cropping" words out is difficult, but I am usually glad I did (and I'm sure, so are the readers! )