hands there is much to say about your hands
larger than mine and more graceful

curling like fluid beings made
partly of the air around them
you've done something

to the skin to make it tough
but smooth and silken despite
your techniques, they have life in them

and feeling,
sense of intangible
I suspect they also

have death in them
if you choose, they would kill for you

15 October 1998
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