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 © 2021 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.
|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.
|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.
|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!