These Arms

My arms grow longer the
older I get. My
hands droop closer to
the dirt that will
one day vest
me.

So, too, these longing
arms reach higher
to the sky,
grasping
after the sun:
the heart at the hearth
of humanity.

When these arms are long enough
they will wrap me round thrice:
for the self I was

now coming to be

and then at rest, disarmingly.

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10 thoughts on “These Arms

  1. LC Mueller says:

    Or wrap around grandchildren, you forgot that delightful possibility.

  2. May God bless the selves we are coming to be, Allen! Thanks for these lovely disarming images

  3. shoreacres says:

    You’re reminded me of so many members of my family, who would say, as they held their magazine or book farther away from their aging eyes, “I need longer arms!”

    In those cases, they usually dealt with the issue by obtaining new eyeglasses, but you’ve suggested an opposite aging effect: arms growing longer by the year. Perhaps, in the poem’s vision of the process, we end up in a place where our reach truly does exceed our grasp — that’s what a heaven’s for!

    • agjorgenson says:

      Thanks, I had forgotten about that phrase, used by many of my elders in the days when glasses were maybe a little bit less successful. I’ve never had that particular problem, but my optometrist did tell me once that I would be just fine if the world were to be found at the end of my nose. I suppose you can get that effect by leaning in a bit, a fitting metaphor for a not altogether bad way to live life!!

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