My hands rest in my lap, white in noon sunlight.
For so long, they've grasped and held,
pointed and mended;
Now they can rest a bit.
The cuts in the nails reach beyond the quick;
their surfaces are not smooth.
The skin of the fingertips is creased deeply
and sometimes bursts open.
Cat claws, knicks, and burns
obliterate the life line.
Now they can rest.
I am done with grasping.
Alice Barrett Levrett, Massachusetts