Sharing the Gift of a Poem 12/12/2012

My friend sent me a poem yesterday.  I read it before I went to bed and decided that this would be something special to share in the morning…the twelfth month, the twelfth day of 2012.  It brought to mind the series of photographs I took two summers ago, a series titled, My Mother’s Hands.

It also reminded me of music, for some reason…and about recognizing a couple of musicians who have recently passed away, Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shanker.  I am in deep gratitude for the music that they created.  God gave us hands to create.  God gave us hands to bless the world.  May your hands do good for others today.

I brought Prince Edward Island sand back to my mother in Ontario…this is the photograph that I took that day.

Mom's Hands PEI

In Praise of Hands

by Stuart Kestenbaum

It’s not just the people
who live in the city

who’ve lost the thread
that ties them to the woven

world of stones and earth,
fields alive with pollen and wings.

Who among us understands
how oceans rise and fall,

currents swirling around the planet
with messages in bottles

floating on the water.
When the tide is out

we can go to the shore
dig clay with our bare hands

and make something beautiful from it,
a vessel with thin walls

that holds a canyon.
In both hands, like an offering,

we can hold the memory
of eroded stones and earth,

eons contained in this empty bowl.
We can fill it with water

that reflects the sky that has
witnessed everything since

time began, we can drink and be blessed,
clouds gathering over us.

“In Praise of Hands” by Stuart Kestenbaum, from Prayers & Run-on Sentences

 

2 thoughts on “Sharing the Gift of a Poem 12/12/2012

  1. That is a very beautiful poem. And the picture is beautiful too. I have been listening to Dave Brubeck for about fifty years now… and join you in the sorrow over his loss. Best wishes to you, and may you continue to receive such wonderful gifts.

  2. Dave Brubeck – you’ll never know how much we will miss you and you’ll never know how you changed my life with your music. You introduced me to jazz in my young years with Take 5 and I continued to follow your explorations. Ravi Shanker, you have been one of my musical heros for almost a life time. I found your music through the Beatles and then through my own spiritual explorations. I saw you perform live in Toronto and was blown away. Both of you have influenced my life with a creative joy that is beyond words. One by one the great masters pass on but their art remains to echo our humanity…

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