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Praying Hands

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Praying Hands

Why do we hold our hands as we do
When we pray
Is it relative to our thoughts
I hear us say
Is it so that we can see the children’s hands
So they don’t play
Or is it in reverence or a gesture
We do each day.

Palms together has been a ritual for many years
So where did it start and why I might ask?
Is it gesture of pleading, that our prayers are heard
that we are up for the task,that seems absurd
Maybe it’s the look of a favour being asked 
Because of this position I might be observed
As in the Yoga position, mentally centrical therefore
I can say that observations are in accord 
the palms together does emphasise
the meditative, pleading, respect of most cultures alive.

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 2:55:00 AM

    Very nice poem, I have learnt something that I never knew before. This poem teaches us many things.

    Roberts Avatar Seren Roberts Date: 7/25/2013 12:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HelloChristine, gladyou liked it .....Seren
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:06:00 AM

    Fingers are steepled (resembling a church steeple - check out Koln Cathedral where the spires literally draw ones eyes to heaven) and the palms are not usually pressed together. I touched on this subject in my poem, An Ode to the Hands. Interesting poem, Seren. Love, Su

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 7/22/2013 6:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Continue: This last gesture stems from the ancient cultural tradition of display your hands to show that you are not carrying a weapon.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 7/22/2013 6:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In eastern cultures, the gesture donates respect and the position of the hands (level it is raised) donates the level of seniority or respect. Palms are then touching.
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:13:00 PM

    Hi Seren: This is such a co-incidence but can you believe that thought occurred to me one day a few years ago and I wrote a short story about the research I did on assuming the prayer position. It is too long to post here but I will make a blog on where this thought took me and I would love to hear your comments. SuZ

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 12:20:00 PM

    cops say "assume the position" and we know what that means. it's just another form of assuming the position.

    Roberts Avatar Seren Roberts Date: 7/19/2013 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    But why this one ?
  1. Date: 7/19/2013 12:54:00 AM

    This is an interesting thought, one that I've never actually thought of before...why do we put our hands together when we pray? I really loved reading this lovely poem this morning! What a brilliant piece, Great Work!!