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lenten journey- ten

As we do what we can to defend the National Health Service, here is an excellent poem by Michael Rosen celebrating its 60th anniversary:

These are the Hands

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.
These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.
These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.
And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.


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Makes our work seem almost sacramental.

Comment by Margaret

it is Margaret, it is!

In St Gabriel’s Lent Group last night, we were talking about how we might see God in other people. Someone suggested nurses and other health workers.


Comment by pilgrimpace

Yes, the National Health Service is one of our greatest assets, and must be properly funded and protected, in my opinion. Although it becomes a greater and greater struggle.

Those ‘hands that touch us first and touch us last’ moved me.

Comment by The Solitary Walker

Yes – truly something to celebrate and defend – and a wonderful poem.

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