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Jeff Gangwer

Rookie - 209 Points (September 23,1984 / Hood River, Oregon)

Those Cadillac Hands


I looked down and saw
Those Cadillac hands—
Those John Deere hands—
Hands that built and wrenched and worked—
Hands that played and loved

My granddad's hands—
A father's hands—
A husband's,
A son's,
A farmer's hands

A lot was built with those hands—
Through years and decades;
A lot was fixed with those hands—
Cars and trucks,
Trailers and wagons, tractors and implements

A welder's hands,
A mechanic's hands,
A man's hands

Who can know the work of a man—
The life of a man—
The value of a man?

I reached down and touched
Those Cadillac hands—
Those John Deere hands—
Those clay-like hands—
Those lovely hands

I hope that mine will be as useful...
...and that mine will be as valued

He was born and buried on November First—
The span of eighty-two years

A man in a clean John Deere 3320 lowered
The concrete lid over the interment site

The deceased would have smiled

Submitted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Edited: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Topic of this poem: Death


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