Open Hands

Open Hands
by Pauline Harris

Many days had given
Us undo stress
Over uncertainty
And unrepresented
Outcomes

We were all
At our wits end
Looking for comfort
Looking for stability
Looking for loyalty

The stress continued
To rise from all directions
No end in sight

Until

There before us appeared
These open hands

At first no one noticed
A tiny voice called to us
Look over there
And see hope is alive

We rubbed our eyes
And looked up and out
To see hope is alive
In these open hands

We discovered the hands
Belonged to one who
Had taken some time
To awaken and see
There was hope
All around us
If only we changed
What we were looking
To see about us

For hope was there
In front of us
All the time
We just needed
To focus on gratitude
For the blessings
Surrounding us each day

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