Always there has been this reach And its limits Ringless, jointed, feather-fingered--a hand Not meant to be kissed or touched Instead it touches Fingers curled Salve for the broken, sweet-teared, salted cheek A living bandage Folded neatly, unfolded, folded again
And it appears too often patient One can see the patience Filed nails, smooth, imperfect A cared-for invitation Patted and plumped, dusted and swept Surely, a god creates a shape as this Meant to be cherished---ahh Man should love not worship A child often does But, even more than this This hand may know The significance of being made for real And not for show
Mythopoetics In Culture is a written collection of poems, essays and excerpts from essays by mythopoet, Stephanie Pope published to mythopoetry.com beginning in 2001 to the present. In 2017 mythopoetry.com brings guest blogging to its cultural mythology blog expanding its format to include poems and essays by the cultural mythologists of today.
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