• Lorraine Johnson

[110] Little Hands

Under the shade of a willing tree

there he sits, young but seeing

working the palms with his little hands,

as his culture unfolds a life before him.


Watching, like a mantra, humming,

faintly through his third eye,

his journey will slowly blossom,

as his young, determined soul

tries to hang on to innocence and beauty,

as he moves—facing kindness and cruelty,

knowns and unknowns—

through the wild paradox of this world.


And in the quiet of aging,

with white hair or none, and brittling bones,

and the sparkle of knowing eyes,

and arms outstretched,

his little hands will appear again

and he will see, and hum, and blossom

—toward an unknown beauty

and the fullness of new innocence,

under the shade of a pulling light.


We all start—with little hands.