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Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)
TITLE: Touching Yesterday
By Francy Judge
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A graduate, we shake his hand.
His grip is firm and sure,
Young skin still smooth and pure.
Just yesterday was teenage years;
Only a nod in front of peers.
Too cool to hug his mom and dad
Who failed to follow current fads.
Just yesterday was elementary;
Sports provide the point of entry.
High fives for goals, hugs for first place,
Wiped sweat off a happy face.
Just yesterday kindergarten starts;
Crayon kisses for colored hearts,
Warm goodbyes whispered in ears,
Mom’s loving touch helped first day fears.
Just yesterday was preschool fun;
Held hands, sang rhymes, around we spun.
Pushed high on swings to tickle trees,
Healing kisses on scraped up knees.
Just yesterday was toddler trips
Around a table to hug mom’s hips.
Cuddle close ‘til eyelids close,
Silk skin inspired peaceful prose.
Just yesterday was infant cries;
Warm nursing time before sunrise.
Heartbeats pressed, caressing fingers,
These moments passed, but love lingers.
Just yesterday you were a prayer;
A priceless jewel could not compare.
Butterflies fluttered in the womb
Until your presence filled the room.
Tomorrow you leave, on your own;
We’ll separate by two time zones.
A maple seed twirls free when blown;
You’re God’s seed He’s gently sown.
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