For decades, I have sought to capture,
living in its stillness, the tenderness
of human beings holding hands.
Palm clasped to palm, thumbs pressing down,
three top fingers wrapped securely and
the pinky lightly tapping its caress.
It’s rare to catch the magic of a hug.
The grace of dance still glides
across the frozen frame. And clasping hands:
They pulse with rest dynamic. And now,
I must refrain and urge that others, too,
should bow or nod or pause without a touch.
In taking hands, my friend, I hope to share
my hope, my peace, my comfort there with you.
I love you far too much to risk your health.
We must content ourselves with photos for a time.
Photo by Eric Anderson (c) 2013 the Missionary Society of Connecticut. Used by permission under Creative Commons license.