My mother always caressed my hands,

and I was always warmer than her.

It was hard for me to understand,

but warm hands are what most people prefer.


Fast Forward awhile--

things have changed.

After plenty of winters,

It seems that the circumstances have been rearranged.


I grab for her hands

whenever mine feel too cold.

These days I find it very often

that I must be consoled.


All the nerves in my fingertips

struggle against the frozen ache.

Strength fades, it's the eclipse.

I take one

last desperate lunge

towards her

just before I break.


Four fingers on top of mine

after a day in the snow.

They exude heat into the numb;

the prickly sensation comes.

I can’t let go.


This poem is about: 
My family
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