My Mothers Hands

from by Jack McNally

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From a world of silent beauty a
Haven wet and warm
High above the Mississippi River
I was born

And into this body and
Unto this land
I was delivered into
My mother’s hands

Terrified and trembling
Blinded by the light
Helpless and hungry
A woman dressed in white

Wrapped me in a blanket
Like sun on desert sand
I felt the warm embrace
Of my mother’s hands

All the tears I was crying
Sweetly fell and washed away the pain
She held me through the night
Locked in a prison this
Wooden crib my cell
No one seemed to hear me when I
Cried and when I yelled

Then to my desperate dungeon
To my side she ran
Reprieved and gently reassured
By my mother’s hands

And when she had grown weary
Her body ached and still she found the strength
To hold me through the night

As I walk this world and wonder
Try to understand
What will become of me when I
Grow to be a man

When I need reassurance
Stick my fingers in the fan
My wounds are always quick to heal
In my mother’s hands

These gentile gifts that I’ve received
from my mother’s hands,
These gentile gifts that I’ve received
from my mother’s hands


from Take Time, released December 18, 2012



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