Hands Up (for Bonnie)

by Kristine Briese

"I am mute. Prostrate. Tattered and bruised. Broken.
I raise my hands up. I surrender." --Bonnie Adams

"I am mute."

But you are not.
With "Self Discoveries",
with "Cymbals and Drums",
you proclaim your rhythmic self:
songstress, minstrel, chorister, troubadour.
Such a voice is never mute,
even when silent.

"Prostrate. Tattered and bruised. Broken."

But you are not.
I've seen you Amazonian
with red toenails:
tall and sun-seeking,
dancing and seasoned.
Such red-haired resilience is never broken,
even when abused.

"I raise my hands up. I surrender."

But you do not.
These are the hands
that scratch your dog's ears,
that offer me a flashlight
and chocolate in an imaginary haven.
Such hands are not meant for surrender,
even when empty.

If you raise them up,
grasp handfuls of sky.


Posted on 12/11/2002
Copyright © 2023 Kristine Briese

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by David R Spellman on 12/11/02 at 03:25 PM

A beautiful message here Kristine; so well thought out and presented.

Posted by Anne Engelen on 12/11/02 at 03:27 PM

Such a caring poem!! Beautiful!!!

Posted by Ronald A Pavellas on 12/12/02 at 01:46 AM

Lovely, and thanks for allowing me to become better acquanted with Miss Bonnie, aptly named, apparently.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 12/12/02 at 06:44 AM

*hugs Bonnie* great poem

Posted by JD Clay on 12/13/02 at 05:15 AM

Like pie......al a mode. Peace...

Posted by Glenn Currier on 12/15/02 at 10:40 PM

What a beautiful tribute from a heart rich with love and gifting. Especially liked: "red-haired resilience".... quite lovely, Kristina.

Posted by Vimal Rony on 03/12/03 at 12:37 AM

What a wonderful act of love and friendship.I am moved.And ur poem is so beautiful,original and touching.

Posted by JD Clay on 03/12/03 at 01:30 PM

This is icing on the cake Kristine and a wonderful choice for Poem Of The Day, Congratulations to both you and Bonnie. Peace...

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/12/03 at 03:51 PM

Antiphonal in style! (Statement and Response) Lovely tribute. Congratulations on POTD.

Posted by Cathlyn Cartier on 03/12/03 at 05:03 PM

An outstanding and uplifting work. Wonderful

Posted by Ann Krischus on 03/12/03 at 06:58 PM

This is very, very good. A great choice for poem of the day.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/13/03 at 07:09 PM

Wonderful reflection! Two poetic sisters with lots of positive vibes.

Posted by Don Coffman on 08/21/03 at 07:47 AM

Great writing, really enjoyed it.

Posted by Rachelle Howe on 09/25/03 at 04:26 PM

ahh, and this is what love is. beautiful, kristine. god, how beautiful you both are, to me.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/26/03 at 01:58 AM

Aye a bonnie good poem Kris.....Charlie

Posted by Mahassine Mir on 10/21/04 at 12:54 PM

It's stoke me. Brought tears to my eyes. Perfection.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 12/31/06 at 01:00 PM

Clever, insightful and beautiful. Than you for this thing of beauty!

Posted by Laura Doom on 05/27/07 at 11:26 PM

An aesthetic peak of construction by elevation.
Both hands.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/02/12 at 10:30 PM

Caught this again on the random postings on the main page. Excellent tribute to Bonnie, Kristine, and as we both know her well, written at a time when she really needed support with so many things. Kudos, and hope you've had a great summer.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/15/14 at 03:40 PM

What a terrific piece, responsive, supportive and uplifting. A form I have not read before. Thanks!

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