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A Gentle Hand (poem)

Updated on May 25, 2013

In moments fraught with toil and stress

He offered up a gentle hand


When all around seemed mired in mess

And shrouds of doubt confused one’s sight

He offered up a gentle hand


Each turn of life a will oppress

Each turn of card saw hope take flight

What was the Joy of living for

He offered up a gentle hand


Those memories which now depress

The future couldn’t be as bright

As tears which flowed through evermore

Tomorrows only promise rain

He offered up a gentle hand


The screams of problems needs address

But hesitation heeds their plight

And answers meet one more closed door

With one more reason to explain

Just why it was they were not there

He offered up a gentle hand


When all around seek hearts to bless

And sped a smile of lasting light

Where sharing caring riches sore

Contentment only real refrain

For blossoms spreading everywhere

Who had learned why and understand

He offered up a gentle hand


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      Peggy Woods 9 months ago

      Everyone needs a helping hand on occasion. Beautiful poem!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is always good to have something to believe in. Good work, Martin.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Friends are always welcome in the most difficult of situations.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely poem and a gentle hand is so useful in so many situations in life.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow~what a moving poem that reminds us that we need connection in this life. I can't imagine not having my twin sister/best friend through life's trials and tribulations. I just love the consistent verse of, "he offered up a gentle hand." Your video is one of my favorite songs~it's a classic.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Very touching, Martin.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      MH, you are always here to offer a gentle hand through your words. I wonder if you know how much your talent touches hearts when they need it most. Though days are sometimes dark and gloomy, we must trust that God knows best and has a plan. You are serving well and never alone. Thinking of you and always, always finding wisdom in your words and work.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      So beautiful-always thankful for a "gentle hand"

      Best Always,


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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice work, my friend. Reminds me of the song.."Lean on Me"Thanks for sharing this poignant work. whonu

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A touch of a hand makes one feel good and from true friend makes even more special

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Not only is your poem extremely beautiful and touching, but the videos; one of my favorites and so perfectly fitting... I shall stay her for a moment ;-)

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      I love this; it's beautiful!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      It is very hard to get through this life without a true friend there to help you through a difficult time.

      "Two are better than one, when one falls down, his friend can help him up."

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper