Saturday, November 22, 2014
by Mary Harwell Sayler
"Give me a hand,
would you?" -- a hand-
some metaphor for asking help when feeling hand-
i-capped by lack of time on hand,
energy lagging behind the task one has been handed.
In Michelangelo’s creation on the Sistine ceiling, the Hand
of God stretches, pointedly, toward Adam’s hand:
the human palm turned from a firm hand
shake, thumb down, into a limp hand
loosely situated to receive a synaptic leap from Hand
as heaven and earth keep a hand
in designing this hand-
book to be handed
down for generations to those hand-
picked to hold the well-woven hand-
now for wiping ancient markings from the hands.
If I hand
myself over to Your keeping, Lord, will You handle
me carefully -- perhaps hand-
feed and caress me, O Living Hand
of God? Give me Your Hand
in marriage. Let me be Your Hand-
maiden -- Your Hand-
i-work reflecting Your likeness in my hand-
mirror, hand-held along the life-line of Your undying Hand.
©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler. All Rights Reserved. The poem first appeared in the poetry book, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Having the First Word
Into first being God uttered water,
broke open the night,
spilled light and water everywhere.
The earth took God’s Word
pumping great cardiovascular
veins of rivers, oceans,
Air performed lively aerations,
breathing into plants,
boosting inhalation, waiting
to lift us, buoyed, out of the water –
wailing and gasping for breath.
© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This poem appears in Living in the Nature Poem published by the nature-friendly, environmentally-aware traditional book publisher Hiraeth Press.