you have women's hands

        you have women's hands
           small & noticably older
           than you as your fathers
         again proud with the masada
           & holy before their nation
        you have some startling heart
            fierce at delight
            begining at some sharp wondering
          that teaches me new natures
            - that trains my innocence
        you have morning hair
            - together with night
        you have the winter's eyes
            those that clear
            set away from you
          precise, without name
            in crystalline
              you find this 
                 alone at which I
                 ask nothing
               at which I
                only need speak
                                       -Winter/Spring 1975

    Copyright © 1996 Nichael Lynn Cramer

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