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after Henri Nouwen’s study
of Rembrandt’s painting
of Christ’s parable

I look at the hands
embracing            clutching               caressing
                the hands I can only see
because Rembrandt saw them for me
 the hands as seen
in the light            Nouwen shone on them
his power of suggestion  & insight
making me wonder how I’d view
them on my own

The younger son in me
absorbs their reassuring firmness
the elder                only considers my place
& the father I am                though a faint
imitation               is dancing

D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is the author of five poetry collections, including Angelicus (2021), Ampersand (2018), and Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — all from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series. He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.