Tenderness

Tenderness

Tenderness
           the love expressed
in a spontaneous
           simple physical gesture
the palm of the hand
           of a young child
raised to stroke
           its father’s face

a lover who slowly runs her finger
           across her lover’s lips
the warm human complicity
           of the enduring smile
the bright eyes
           and that hand
always reaching out
           with its healing touch

John Lyons

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