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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)

TITLE: A Hand's Breadth of Time
By Betsy Markman
04/16/09


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Hands
So tiny
Curled into themselves,
Washed clean of all the mortal gore of birth.
Innocent,
Ripe with potential unknown.
Miracles, really
Knit together in secret
Muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, skin
Perfectly engineered for a lifetime of service.

You don't know how to use them yet.
When they move before your eyes,
You don't even know they're yours.

When you figure it out, and find out what those hands can do, you'll be amazed!

Use them well, Little One. Use them well.

***

Hands
So tiny
Shrunken, melted with age,
Washed clean of the grime of your dying days.
Innocent? No. But good. Very good.
Potential? Gone...but not wasted. Well spent.
Miracles, really.
Ordinary, everyday miracles of love with skin on it.
God touched me with your hands,
And yet you probably didn't even know it.

When you step into glory, and realize all that those hands of yours have done, you'll be amazed!

You used them well, Dear One. Let them rest.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 04/23/09
I love the contrasts here--very creative.
Judy Meyers04/23/09
I loved this piece. I especially visualize it because my mother, who is 90 years old, just held my new grandson. He was born April 10th. What a differece in their hands.

Blessings to you.
Micheline Murray04/23/09
Love this--I wasn't able to enter this time--but was going to write something similar. My aunt passed away Nov. 12th---and my niece was born the same day-about 10 hours later. Really great--thanks for writing it.
Mona Purvis04/24/09
There is a simple purity in this piece that yields such a monumental lesson. I love this entry.
Mona
Lynda Schultz 04/24/09
Lovely. Like others, I am reminded of a personal experience. My father died on the same day a new second cousin was born. Well done.
Linda Payne04/24/09
This is a lovely description of the beginning and end of life. Thank you.
Lollie Hofer 04/27/09
Lovely! I liked how the words flowed. Even the way you typed them was unique and pleasant.