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Loving hands - a poem

Updated on March 20, 2012

Loving Hands - the inspiration

Loving hands is written in response to Haiku Twinkle's question about hands. This question seemed to jump at me from the page although it is quite old. The concept of writing a poem about hands had not struck me until I saw this question. Thank you Haiku Twinkle for the inspiration! Writing this poem has meant a lot to me, it moved me to tears of joy and gratitude..bringing to memory the many times those hands have loved me infinitely, cared for me and protected me... Loving hands.

http://hubpages.com/question/122994/do-you-have-a-poetry-about-hands.

I hope you will enjoy reading this poem titled 'Loving Hands' .. as I did writing it..

Loving Hands Paul Rubens
Loving Hands Paul Rubens

Loving Hands


Your hands...........
Your firm grasp,
that light caress,
the pulsating warmth,
in my palms,
hands lingering tenderly on,
when you should have been gone!
One more embrace,
those hands deftly study the space,
of the contours of my back,
drawing me closer,
anticipation triggered shivers,
raising slowly to a crescendo,
awaiting release, sweet passion flows!

The thud of your heart against mine
the music of love divine
amplified percussion in concert
with the rhythmic rustling as we melt and mold
into one single frame that unfolds!
Hands clutch, grasping greedily,
one last time before you release me,
Hands, I hope will not let go
stolen time, pause now, decrease your tempo !

Your waving hands
that fade into the crowd,
Into the sea of humanity now drowned,
heart still thudding from the force of separation,
sharp nails now digging into my palms
Seeking comfort in painful spasms.
The fire you kindled
still lingers on..

Memory now replaces your hands
Pleasant dreams off magic wands
emboldened now by your absence
remembered caresses compose a new song
Fresh melody upon nerves, so taut
With the bow of remembrance,
you stroke the strings that are emotions fraught!

Tenderly now they tease and play
every peak and valley way
they weave their magic upon my mind
your beautiful hands
every note distinctly finds
In work I seek solace until
In your arms once again I take my fill!

Merciless hands, handsomely shaped
sensitive fingers longing to wake
the bittersweet pain of pleasure to come
Stirring up unsung melodies
Until you and I a single entity have become!
I’ve often wished it would be nights without end
when the concept of number we would transcend
With your hands you erase the distances
as we fuse into each other and find our bliss!

Now, hands of compassion that comfort me
shield me from pain and misery
that take my weight as you carry me
through the darkest moments of despondency!
Those hands that nourish me when I am sick
soothe my pain like a magic trick
those hands of faith, so warm and firm
that held mine as I whispered “I do”
the band of gold that adorns it
a symbol of commitment, a sign so fit!

Hands joined together in prayer for me
held out in patience to enfold me
hands which I clung to when I yelled in pain
and laboured in love so our son we’d gain
those hands that hold me steadfastly
when a step I miss inadvertently
Hands that held the brush with me
inspiring a stroke so skillfully
Firm hands of support as you urge me on
To do my best and plunge head-on,
inspiring hands as they clap for me
standing in the sidelines as you set me free
Scarred hands of sacrifice
I shall always prize
Trusting and firmly holding on
To those loving hands
until my last breath is drawn!

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    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I came back to read this piece once again. It means so much more now that I've lost my friend Tom. So very beautiful!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Thelyricwriter, I am so happy that this poem speaks to you.. From your poetry I can see why... you are such a sensitive soul :) God bless. Have a wonderful day :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful Sofs. Great poetry. I receive a similar message from this poem as you have, taking things in life for granted. Very interesting. Hope you have a great evening and see you around.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      I love those hands too! LOL Thanks for that nice comment.. writing this poem made me reflect about the things we take for granted. Have a wonderful day. God Bless.

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Loved it! It made me reflect in so many things. Voted up!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Hi haikutwinkle, Thanks for dropping by again. To be in your lovers hands is bliss indeed and to be able to write about it is awesome!

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      haikutwinkle 

      6 years ago

      The lover's hands would be a beautiful poem indeed...

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Haikutwinkle, The idea is yours... and you deserve the credit for that...I started to write about a mother's hands but then the concept seemed well worn... it was my husband that came to mind... thanks for helping me pay this little tribute to those loving hands. Have a great day my dear. God Bless.

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      haikutwinkle 

      6 years ago

      I love it!

      It's very kind of you to give me credit for the idea.

      That idea came from my intent to write about my mother's hands ;)

      Thank you for your kindness!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      BlossonSB, aren't hands really wonderful? I wonder why I never thought of writing a poem on this before.. anyway thanks to Haiku Twinkle for the question it is here now.. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great day

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful. From tiny hands that grasp ours, to old, gnarled, wrinkled hands joined together in prayer, our hands can be so expressive of our feelings and the touch of another's hand can mean so much.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Rosemay50, thanks for stopping by to read this. I appreciate this very much. Hope all is well with you ... take care and have a great day!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is beautiful Sofs, It is amazing just what a touch can say, or what comfort it can bring.

      From the love and protection of a loved one to holding that new little life.

      Loved this poem and your subject

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Sunnie, Thank you for the visit and the positively delightful comment. I appreciate that deeply. Yes, those hands have done too much to be forgotten... Have a lovely day. God Bless!

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      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Ruby, Thank you for such sweet words. It does mean a lot to me. I appreciate this very much. Have a beautiful day, my dear. God Bless!

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Sofs,

      This was magnificent! Beautiful! Loving hands always touches the heart, never to forget.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was so beautiful Sophie, hands of time, the journey through life, always holding you. I am in awe!...

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Vincent Moore, Welcome to my world. Thanks for that beautiful comment. I wanted to write about a mothers hands at first, but I decided to dedicate this to those hands that have loved me infinitely through good and bad times. It is a ode to my husband's hands and heart. Thank you for your very generous heart. Have a wonderful day! God Bless!

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Simply a beautiful ode to human hands. They have caressed so many pages of history in devastating and meaningful ways. From the Kings, Queens, Lords, warriors, monks and priests to the gentle hands that held and cradled baby Jesus in his cradle.

      Without the touch of hands upon our souls we are lost, a baby needs the loving hands of it's mother or else it dies. This is so symbolic of life, hands extend to arms that hug, hold and lift up in prayer.

      This work is divine, I voted it UP awesome, beautiful, interesting and very useful. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Lesley, Thank you, gracious lady for doing me the honors. Your comment means a lot to me . Have a lovely day. God Bless!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Michael, Thanks for coming back and letting me know that you liked the poem. I do appreciate it greatly. This one is special to me at least. Have you a beautiful day. God Bless!

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Absolutely beautiful poesm sofs, thank you,voted up and shared.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      cleaner3 

      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I forgot to tell you how awesome your poem was, I really liked it. Especially your foreword. you are a great writer.!!

      Much love

      Michael

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Old albion, Thanks for that lovely comment. I am glad to have written it. Have an awesome day! God Bless!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Cleaner3, I will be there to read it! Thanks. Have a good day!

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Delightful. Passions rise and fall when reading this lovely poem. Precisely what a poem should do. Thank you.

      Best Wishes.

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      cleaner3 

      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      sofs, i have written your poem from your question but i will put it on a hub and dedicate it to you. thanks for the inspiration.It's called 'a misunderstanding"

      Michael

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      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Princess Prisca, Best wishes to you..may you find your hearts desire... Thanks for the visit and the comment. Have a brilliant day! God Bless!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Pamela99, Thank you for the read and the comment. I appreciate it very much. Have a great day! God Bless!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Senoritaa, Wow thanks for that great comment... It doesn't take much to write when you feel that way.. does it? I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a lovely day! God Bless!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR

      sofs 

      6 years ago

      Vellur, Thanks for that comment. I appreciate this very much. Have a wonderful day! God Bless!

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      Princess Prisca 

      6 years ago from Heaven living on Earth

      sofs,

      Beautiful Work!!

      I await 'loving hands' such as these to hold my loving hands ~ never to be unheld by each of us again...

      Blessings!

      Ciao...Princess Prisca

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful poem. It is written very well.

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      Peerless beauty, was awaiting one like this from you for a while.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Loved this poem. So beautifully expressed. Voted up.

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