Two hands

One hand flashes a mirror at the sun.
The other casts the shadow of a wing.
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One hand opens a window.
The other hand lowers a lid.
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One hand holds a nail.
The other hand loses the hammer in the grass.
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One hand wears a ring.
One wears a scar where a ring used to be.
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One hand tears up a note.
The other hand tapes back the petals on a rose.
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One sifts through a box of old photographs for the boy half-buried
in sand.
One hangs the empty frame back on its hook.

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One wrenches a nest from the crook of a branch.
One finds enough dropped feathers to build a whole bird.
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One builds a box.
One buries the bird on the ridge.
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One locks up the cabin.
One turns back the hands of a clock.
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One grips the railing.
One drops a silver chain into the lake.
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One presses a small yellow bud between the chapter on love
and the chapter on desire without an object.
One leaves the book out in the rain.
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One hand tests the waters.
The other hand traces a name across the waves.