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These hands

These hands have known the joys of a boy’s youthful play Also known the farm work that was required each and every day These hands pulled the weeds from the fields where we toiled Laboring under a blazing sun; leaving these hands rough and soiled These hands held the hand of my lady as I asked her to share my life Held her by my side the day she became my wife These hands reveal the ravages; of weather’s savage breathe Held a knife in the flowing blood; in a beasts ultimate death Hands that held many a hammer; swung too hard; swung too long Time has taken its toll on these old hands; hands that once were so strong These hands proudly rocked the cradle as I watched my babies sleep Held them closely to my chest to calm some hurt causing them to weep These hands gently pushed a child’s swing; as my children laughed aloud Held a daughter's hand walking down the aisle, made her father proud These hands have known the heat of a sculptor’s flaming torch Held brush and pallet while painting out upon the porch Cradled my pen as I spread the ink in the poetry that I write Ink that is sometimes spread well into the night

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 1/6/2016 6:56:00 PM
I look at my hands and see my mother. Eyes are not the only window to the soul.
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Date: 5/27/2015 3:35:00 PM
A belated congrats on this fine win. A 7 for me and a Fav.
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Date: 5/27/2015 3:34:00 PM
This write just pulled me in and held me tight word for word. I could see everything you spoke of so clearly as if I was there. What a great journey into your world. Thanks for sharing this awesome write and I enjoy the wonderful pen ink you spend well into the nights. A 7 for me and a FAV.....Sharon :)
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Donald J Bennett
Date: 5/27/2015 5:50:00 PM
Thank you so much for taking time to view a few of my writes and for your much appreciated words for they mean the world to me.
Date: 8/20/2014 10:02:00 AM
Donald,, congratulations with your winning poem... Always~ Linda
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Date: 8/20/2014 6:11:00 AM
Congrats on a nice win in the contest, Donald
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Date: 8/20/2014 12:32:00 AM
Congratulations on a well-deserved win! Regards, Kika
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Date: 8/19/2014 9:48:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. Love,Joyce
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Date: 8/19/2014 1:50:00 PM
Hey Everyone! When I said 'Off you go now' I didn't know you were totally going to blow my mind, not all of you at once! I am honored to have read your poetry. Thank You for entering my contest! Off You Go Now, Judy
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Date: 8/14/2014 8:37:00 PM
You truly slay with this fine write! Giving it a solid 7 and adding it to my fav list. I simply cannot pick a single favorite verse because they all are so fine....
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Donald J Bennett
Date: 8/14/2014 10:10:00 PM
Robert; I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on this piece. That really means a lot to me.
Date: 8/3/2014 11:13:00 PM
Our hands can hold many precious things, our memories just being one of them.... This is a truly beautiful write, Donald. Your hands have painted a masterpiece here! Wonderful work!
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Donald J Bennett
Date: 8/3/2014 11:22:00 PM
Kelly; I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by and read and comment on my work. Your kind words means a lot to me.
Date: 8/2/2014 1:42:00 AM
This is a very good poem, Donald. The hands are an extension of the soul and tell a lot about a person. Sometimes I just like to observe people as they work or at play with their children, We can learn much about someone just by the way they use their hands. This is a fine poem about your soul, my friend. Truly enjoyed it.... Robert.
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Donald J Bennett
Date: 8/3/2014 11:28:00 PM
I apologize for taking so long to reply but for some reason my Soup mail was routing into my deleted file unread. So thank you for dropping by and commenting on my work.
Date: 7/30/2014 1:42:00 AM
This is going to my favorites... It's perfect!
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Donald J Bennett
Date: 7/30/2014 12:33:00 PM
Dan; I really appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my work. Thank you.