From Ann Glover O’Dell’s Midwifing the Soul:
Casting out demons
offering cold water
embracing into life
Let hands be used.
Hands are used
as if they
led by force unknown to human brain
guided by some unseen master Hand
whose plan surprises
as we see ourselves
gently stroke a poor child’s head
rise to voice a cause conflicted
write a letter to support or warn
fashion baby quilts and garden plots
touch the dying in their final hour.
Perhaps our greatest strength reveals itself
in hands’ activity
to study ours
to see what power
we have and use.