About this Christian Poet:
Nathan is the founder and Executive Director of Utmost Christian Writers Foundation.
My Fathers Hands
fathers hands were thick as boards,
twisted and knotted pine.
His sturdy fingers, ancient forests,
fissured, gnarled and lined.
Those lunch pail hands were lumbermen,
toiling in preference to play,
with fingers like hardened solid oak
felling the strain of each day.
never wished for my fathers hands,
with their primitive shape and display.
Instead, I fancied a pianists octave
musicians fingersto play.
Soft fingers smooth as ivory
to draw the face of a bride,
hands that eschewed hard labor,
warm hands that stayed inside.
it seems as I play longer,
and my fathers hands have passed,
my music grows more woodwind
its my fathers strain at last.
The fingers that greet me this morning,
as I play in a minor key,
are thick as planks of spruce
with splinters plain to see.
my hands have betrayed my desires
to reprise a beloved score,
a gift life's symphony brought me
the hands that my father wore.
Copyright©2000 by Nathan Harms