The Longing Of The Empty Hand

Hands are meant to touch each other.
Hands are meant to touch each other. | Source

It has been forever since

These fingers have caressed,

Since these palms have had

The chance to feel the pressure

Of another hand.

Holding hands signify agreement,

Unity of mind,

Body and spirit.

These hands seem useless

Without the tender touch that

Reassures, cares and


A memory.

The hand can start

With the handshake,

Firm and certain,

Establishing identity.

The finger can point,

Maybe to direct,

Teach, and

Sometimes to scold.

The hand is a tool for discipline

And sometimes used

In expressing anger

Multiple fingers used together

Tap out a rhythm,

Play a melody

On an instrument.

With alternating pressure,

The hands can

Rub a shoulder.


A muscle mass;

Defining a need

To make someone feel better,

But the hand will become lonely,

Only in time to realize

The lack of warmth of another.

To reach out for someone new

Would only give such hands

New purpose.

The longing of this empty hand

Depends on the heart

As a guide to find the

Most suitable new hand

To cherish,

To hold,

To caress,

To touch,

And to embrace the

Warmth of a

New Hand together.

Copyright @ 2013 CMCastro

A Love Song about Hands

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant Christina; you really are so very talented and here's wishing you a wonderful day.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Just fantastic and much enjoyed. Passing this on.

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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I found the idea intriguing, so here I am. Your thoughts are profound, yet as simple as the basic needs that we have as a human Nicely done, and gently, too, I might add.

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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York


I can relate more than you'll probably ever know. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful heart and you deserve someone who can see and appreciate that; don't settle for less the next time around.

Hugs and love to you.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Very beautiful poem about the ease and simplicity of just holding a hand. That is so important and you express it so well in this poem. I so enjoyed reading this. It is so important for us to hold hands and touch one another.

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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

When you ask most people what the first thing is that attracts you to a person, most will say the eyes or smile. For me it has always been their hands. They are the most telling. They speak of hard work or a life time of ease. I prefer the beefy, callused hand myself. Hands that tell a story! Thanks for creating such a lovely poem about my favorite body part!

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Christina, this is such a very HAND-some poem! I adore hands - they speak volumes, and usually the truth - even if they lips are not! I notice a ton of my hubs use hands in their main pic - i've noticed that for a while now..

As far as Cat goes - if she is rendered speechless - perhaps she ought to try using her HANDS and telling us in sign language?


just trying to be HAND-Y - ya know?


sharing and shutting the f*** up!

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Absolutely beautiful work. Such a great rhythm to this piece. Up and sharing!

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GinaBina4 3 years ago from West Tennessee

This is a very beautiful hub Christina! I think about the power of touch often & how we feel it, not only physically but emotionally amd deep down in our soul as well and how each of us need it so much. Great job on this hub!

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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Beautifully expressed, so well expressed. Voted up.

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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA Author

Faith, Such a wonderful experience to be old marrieds and still in love holding hands. My parents have been together for almost 57 years and they are so cute when they hold hands!

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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA Author

Kris Bell, thank you for your visit to my hub. Hands are very significant, aren't they?

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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA Author

d. william, I, too, am a nurse. And I know how important to give the patient the right kind of touch. I believe each member of the healing professions has an opportunity to help with the healing process.

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CMCastro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA Author

Being in a loveless relationship and then becoming single again without a relationship for the past 6 months is one of the inspirations of this poem. I patiently wait for the man who is going to be the one I do hold hands with. A strong hand is influential, a weak hand is a struggle, but every hand has equal rights in this world we share. It is just more wonderful when hands agree.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

There is something about that human touch that is so profound and needed. We all need that human touch, as we are humans! I remember, one time at a concert my husband and I attended with some other friends. We had already been married for so very long, and we did not think anything about it, but we held hands walking into the concert, and the one other couple was just dumbfounded that we held hands. I felt so sad for that couple, as the husband would demean his lovely wife in front of everyone, so there you go.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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Kris Bell 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hello there! This is so deserving of an upvote. This was a lovely poem which signified the importance of the hands and touch. Well done.

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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful. Great poem.

As a long time RN, now retired, this beautiful poem reminded me of just how important it was (and is) for those in the medical profession to touch their patients in a gentle and reassuring manner.

But even that small gesture by healthcare givers has been compromised with the use of wearing gloves for everything we do in the medical field today. Somehow it takes away from the personalization of therapeutic touch.

Your poem is a great reminder of that fact.

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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York


Wow, you almost rendered me speechless and that's just about impossible :-) This is fabulous, absolutely fabulous... what power the hand holds, if it holds anything at all... I'm going to be thinking about this for days! I love this!


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