NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 29 – “The Way Hands Hurt” – A Found Poem Inspired by “Meditation at Lagunitas” by Robert Hass

Hello there folks.

Here we are at Day 29 of National Poetry Writing Month, the penultimate episode! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or both (perhaps not the latter, don’t want to come off as a crazy person…or at least crazier than I already am).

As my inspiration for tonight’s poem, I’ve used inspiration provided by the prompt over at NaPoWriMo HQ and gone with “Meditation at Lagunitas” by Robert Hass.

You can find the lyrics to this intriguing poem over here:-

“Meditation at Lagunitas” by Robert Hass over at Poetry Foundation

And now here is my found poem, hope you all enjoy reading it.


Le Retour (The Return) by Auguste Seysses (Jardin des Plantes, Toulouse, France)

Image by Cendrine Marrouat at Cendrine Marrouat Photography


“The Way Hands Hurt” by David Ellis


Thinking about loss

It erases clarity of the dead

By presence, tragic

Falling from a world

That is a friend of grief

Everything dissolves

Love remembered

How holding hands

Felt like childhood

Music from places

Where longing desire

Must have been so much

The way hands hurt

Dreamed moments

Days that are continuing

Such tenderness

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