The hand of life has five fingers
By Gretha Cronje
If you look at a hand you see five fingers.
Yet, a hand is so much more-
hands form life.

It is the hand that reach out from the first breath
it is the hand that cradles
the hand that touches to say I am here.

It is the hand that holds to keep you from falling
the hand at your back
the hand that lifts you up.

It is the hand that serves you
the hand that opens the door
the hand that prepares the food.

It is the hand that greets
the hand that acknowledge your presence
the hand that welcomes you in.

It is the hand that strokes your body
the hand that connects
the hand that tells a story.

It is the hand that makes music
the hand that stop traffic
the hand that orchestrates.

It is the hand that swears
the hand that hits
the hand that kills.

It is the hand that baptise
the hand that pray
the hand that heals.

It is the reaching, grabbing, giving, receiving, serving, helping, loving, caring, caressing, closing, opening, visible, invisible and ever evolving hand
from the gorilla to the human being.
The five fingers that connect life.

– Gretha Cronje

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