Monday, April 13, 2020

Apr13Poetry - There's a Hand

I'm trying something new, taking a risk this month - participating in
#VerseLove with Sarah Donovan,
hoping to write poetry every day this April.

Today's challenge is to write a poem based on a dream or a nightmare; to begin, consider what happened in the dream, write down emotions associated with these events or moments, and then create a poem that is at least 15 lines long.

I keep thinking about my seventeen-month old granddaughter and a recent photograph, that shows nothing more than her hand...she has hidden herself inside a dark closet, delighted with this new game. This fascinates me; the dark is the stuff of my nightmares.

There’s a Hand

There’s a hand sticking out of the closet,
Fingers curled, reaching, grasping,
The breath is faint, labored, forced,
What moves in the dark, thrashing?

There’s a hand sticking out of the closet,
Which side of nightmare is worse -
Only a hint of what is emerging,
Or trapped within dark and cursed?

There’s a hand sticking out of the closet,
A brave, fearless detective
She chooses to look within the dark,
To explore new perspective.

There’s a hand sticking out of the closet,
Followed by giggles and pants
Just like Lucy in Narnia, she’s
Determined to take the chance.

There’s a hand sticking out of the closet
Breaking out, coming back to us,
Watch how isolation, dark, and scary
Meets daring and resilience.

There’s a hand sticking out of the closet,
Freely choosing the unknown,
She knows deep and dark is also free
There is much magic at home. 


  1. Angie, from Sarah Donovan's website:
    OMG Maureen, I was reading too fast and thought you said seventeen year old granddaughter and thought the hand sticking out thing was the latest “social media challenge” and I pictured many teens with their hands sticking out of closets HAHA! Anyways I love your rhyme scheme and repeated first line of each stanza. Also, stanza 2 is my favorite.

  2. Emily Yamasaki, from Sarah Donovan's website:
    Maureen! I am entranced by the repetition in your poem. I am loving the beat that it brings to your lines. “She knows deep and dark is also free” is my favorite line. So dreamy and magical!

  3. Stacey Joy, from Sarah Donovan's website:
    Surely this is a children’s picture book! I can see it so vividly. Beautiful way to craft something as scary as “There’s a hand sticking out of the closet…”
    Don’t you see this as a book? The content, the rhymes, the images!

    Wow! Love it.

  4. glenda funk, from Sarah Donovan's website:
    Love the repetition of “There’s a hand sticking out of the closet” and the playfulness in much of the poem. Immediately I thought about Sarah Kay’s hands poem as I read. I love the way you prompt me to think about all the symbolic representations of hands. Thank you.

  5. So incredible.... I agree with all of the comments. A picture book would be perfect.