Hands

One pair of hands works a garden
Pitchfork Slung into the earth 
Turn over the soil
One pair of hands pulls out the rocks
Tosses them into the barrow.
One pair of hands digs the small valley 
And places the  tiny seeds one by one 
Covering them gently with warm, black dirt
Patting them in, tamping them down.
One pair of hands works a garden.

Many hands together 
Work a community
Pulling out the weeds
Planting new shoots
Encouraging seedlings with water and food

Working together
The hands bind the  wounds
carry the burdened
Teach the children
Shuck the corn
Stir the rice
Pour the water

The hands work together
Small hands, big hands, calloused hands, soft hands
Hands with ground in oil under the nails
Hands that are tan and black and pink and red from cold.
Grasp my hands and we will grow a neighborhood
We will grow a community
We will grow a city.
Grasp my hands.

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  1. Hands working together have so much power. I love the way you brought all the hands together to create a community.

    • mag

      Thanks for reading. I always enjoy your positive comments when I read your posts. It seems we visit many of the same blogs!

  2. An enjoyable slice to read, especially as this week I have mainly been in the allotment.
    Liked these lines;
    Grasp my hands and we will grow a neighborhood
    We will grow a community
    We will grow a city.
    Grasp my hands.

  3. Lovely poem with so much expression coming thru the hands. Such a wonderful thought that if we all work together we can accomplish so much more. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is a beautiful piece of writing! This is my favorite part:
    Grasp my hands and we will grow a neighborhood
    We will grow a community
    We will grow a city.
    Grasp my hands.

    • mag

      In the light of all that’s happened here, I focused on the positive! Thanks for your comment.

  5. Beautifully written. It makes me feel more connected.

    • mag

      Thank you. During all that’s happened here in the last week, I wanted to focus on the positives in community.

  6. I love all the images that your action words bring to my mind.

    • mag

      I loved all the gardening gloves on the line but I wanted to connect with the awesome work of community helpers we saw last week. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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