Poem: Ode to my hands

Ode to my hands – on my birthday…….

IMG_20200114_163724610.jpgI look at my hands, old, withered, wrinkled
Nails unpainted on fingers that look crinckled
A few rings still adorn these weathered fingers
Absent some, on them, a while, my mind lingers

When did this happen, my hands grew so old
Or are my eyes to be faulted? Once fond
Of beauty, youth and smooth sexy skin
Even happiness is nothing but a wrinkled grin

But let me explain the story of my old hands

Sometimes thrown about by mighty waves
My fingers held on to piercing rocks, caves
I wasn’t going to give up my place in life
I fought, persisted, determined in strife 

And then the baggage that I carried
You’d say I was wrong, had me tarried
But nay, long I have lived and learned
Carrying baggage is much needed

On the Himalayan expedition
Raw and filled with imperfection
I was told to take stuff so nothing I lack
First lesson was to pick and pack

Things that’d keep us alive, the right baggage
Yes, indeed it weighed down the passage
Crampons, gloves, food, chapstick to wear
Ice axe, tent, carry mat, stove, all our gear

I now carry bravely my stuff, my baggage
Some friendships, some life lessons
Some values, to seek help, like lifelines
Journeying through life’s minefields and mines

I dare to assert, I carry gear in each of my old hand
Things to love, nurture, hug, care and mend
Go not by how my hands look, they’re stronger for the wear
Reliable, loving magic of these hands fills the air

  1. #1 by janirita2014 on January 16, 2020 - 1:57 am

    Very nice. Happy Birthday . May you write more, express more, explore more and have wonderful birthday and a fantastic year ahead.

  2. #2 by PiperMcN on January 16, 2020 - 8:46 am

    Wonderful poem! A belated happy birthday!

  3. #3 by Sonal on January 16, 2020 - 12:18 pm


  4. #4 by Gloria P Cosico on January 18, 2020 - 5:51 pm

    A very lovely, touching poem! A tear fell! Those are my hands too. Happy Birthday and cheers to good health and happiness!

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