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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 four poetry collections and is poet-in-residence at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. He lives in Brampton, Ontario.