Touch: The Journal of Healing




    by Phoebe Brown

I want to paint my hands

with every color that I see, to dip

my fingers in the garden, reach them

towards the easel sky and watch them

reinvent the clouds.  I want to hold

red pentas until butterflies appear

to dust me with pigments

from their wings.  Today

my palms will see

the sun instead of hide.

They will find the hue

which grows from rain

and move with fluidity.

Because arthritic fusion happens

in paint-less fingers, I will grasp

the sky’s artistic hand.

© 2013  Phoebe Brown

Phoebe Brown is a graduate student in the University of Tampa’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.  Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Deep South Magazine and The Healing Muse.  She lives with an active form of rheumatoid arthritis and hopes that others will find comfort in her words.

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