These hands cradled the window-stunned sparrow, and caressed the stiff hairs on the hide of the elephant.
These hands tended the garden, strummed the strings, and focused the lens on all things abandoned and broken.
These hands held the walking stick up the mountain, over the frozen river, and down the path of enlightenment.
These hands kneaded the dough, carried water from the well, and kindled the fire of longing . . .
no longer able to play
the soft notes of your skin
Debbie Strange is a published tanka and haiku poet and an avid photographer. She enjoys creating haiga and tanshi (small poem) art. You are invited to see more of her work on Twitter @Debbie_Strange.