Beth Shibata Photography | Gloves

Gloves

May 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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GLOVES

So many hands pull invaders

loose from earth, trying to return

to the old order.

 

So many spades bite

into rain soaked, sun brittle,  

clay, crumbling into fine 

sandy dust.  Upturned and damp

it is readied receive new life, 

descendants of old friends.

 

So many fingers crusted thick

with mud, probe beneath the sun 

soaked ground into its cooler 

depths where new roots reach out.

 

So many relentless days and years

digging, digging, digging

to return natives to their rightful 

land try to regain lost wisdom.

 

So many shells of hands lie

lifeless in a pile.

Worn leather, sand, gritty clots  

of earth, cling to canvas, 

soil-stained brown-red.

 

So many five-fingered shapes 

splayed out, cracked 

and coated with traces

of their work,

silently awaiting 

the next task.

 

Beth Shibata


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