Hands & Feet

by Kevin T McEneaney

Skin on our hands and feet are different,

unusual—they are double-layered.

We don’t know why we have whorls on fingers

(that resemble whorls inside of trees

with which we are able to date their age),

yet whorls enhance texture discovery

and offer a better grip for one’s hand.

Perhaps whorls evolved from long tree climbing.

Both feet and hands have subcutaneous

receptors for spatial perception.

Lovers love to run their fingers in hair

of the beloved or caress their bodies.

Our finger whorls remain unique to us,

as do our lips and the way we smile!

Kevin T McEneaney

Author of The Enclosed Garden, Longing, and other books
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