Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Hand In The Current

By Justine C. Tajonera

I just heard about it:
a child's hand,
raised above the flood water,
beyond anyone's reach.
Everything else seems
trivial beside
this tragedy.
I look at my hands,
brown, not yet
What have these hands
There is no limit
to what they can do.
I can raise them
for all those
who cannot,
teach smaller hands
what to do,
haul sacks
of sand
with them,
reach food and clothes
out to those
who need them.
I can earn a
living with them
and give back
from the salt
of my sweat.
I am a hand
in the flood
and I will be

(Sept. 29, 2009)

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