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Chard deNiord: The Hand

I can only make out small parts 

of it instead of the whole,

and yet it reaches just long 

enough for me to see little 

by little, a finger here, a knuckle

there, but never the hand al-

together, except in a vision 

for which I’m loathe to take 

any credit, even for a nail 

or mole, which I don’t, lest 

I lose sight of the hand 

that isn’t there but holds

my attention as if it were,

even as a vision in place  

of the hand that is, that’s other,

if partial in the void behind

the veil I hang across my 

eyes for seeing it move. 

Copyright 2021 Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord’s many books include In My Unknowing (Pitt Press, 2020). He is cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry.

This image shows a pulsar wind nebula known as the ‘Hand of God.’ Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / McGill.

2 comments on “Chard deNiord: The Hand

  1. DDechen
    May 31, 2021

    Ah. That is so beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. milkmade99
    May 30, 2021


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