These two hands.

I built this house with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I built this hearth with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I wired this house with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I carry this water with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I pick these berries with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I spun this wool with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I wove this rug with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I sewed this cover with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I rekindled that hearth with an ember from my own two hands, my own two hands.
I housed the library with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I tend these flowers with my own two hands, my own two hands.
I cut this window with my own two hands, my own two hands.
You shine your light on my own two hands, my own two hands.
I built this house with these two hands.

– February 17, 2010

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4 comments on “These two hands.

  1. Very nice, Meg! Your poem reminds me of a song, “With My Own Two Hands,” by one of my favorite troubadours, Ben Harper.

    i can change the world
    with my own two hands
    make a better place
    with my own two hands
    make a kinder place
    with my own two hands
    with my own
    with my own two hands

    i can make peace on earth
    with my own two hands
    i can clean up the earth
    with my own two hands
    i can reach out to you
    with my own two hands
    with my own
    with my own two hands

    i’m gonna make it a brighter place
    i’m gonna make it a safer place
    i’m gonna help the human race
    with my own
    with my own two hands

    i can hold you
    with my own two hands
    i can comfort you
    with my own two hands
    but you got to use
    use your own two hands
    use your own
    use your own two hands

    with our own
    with our own two hands
    with my own
    with my own two hands

    ~ Ben Harper

  2. I know this song and have heard it recently. Must have been swimming in that grey muck in my skull.

    Thank you. Maybe I should call it –

    Ode to Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

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