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I've done this Poetry Challenge for a week, and still going strong!

After I’ve dried the last of the dishes,

I light lavender incense

before carrying the garbage out to

the compacter chute.

I lock the door and collapse onto my sofa.


I look down at my hands.


My cuticles are dry and thickening.

I thought I had pushed them back

as I washed my hair last night.


I go to my bedroom and snatch the cocoa butter off the dresser

and as I moisten my hands,

I study them.

My fingertips are slightly bent, like my father’s.


I remember the flecks of black grease that used to dot our sink

after Daddy washed his hands when he came home

from long days of handling baggage at the airport

or fixing our neighbors’ cars.


My sister and I would tease Daddy

about his ashy hands.

He’d laugh, and

began keeping a tiny tube of Curacel in his car.

I’d watch him shake the lotion down into his palms

rubbing his long strong brown fingers

until they had a light fragrant sheen.


After he died,

I couldn’t bring myself to throw out

that little white bottle with the blue cap.


How I wish we had

just held his hands

in ours

every day

and said, “Thank you.”

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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
WOW! This is such a shining treasure!
Much with hands/fingers we don't realize at times, and should never take for granted, the holding of them!
Wonderful tribute to your loving dad!
YOu write beautifully! I am intrigued! I can only imagine how your story telling is, I will soon know!
Write On!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Passion Shexoooo

STay Positive! and Stay Strong!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
A legacy, in your hands - beautifully moving lines. Well done, Carla!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
Very touching and emotional poem.
Brought back memories of my Uncle's welding shop.
Now, that was some dirty hands!
His life was cut short by a car wreck.
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