"And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss."
—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
"The palm and the fingers feeling in the dark are
how the senses explore the reality of the elephant."
—Rumi, "Elephant in the Dark,"
translation by Coleman Barks
Palm of the Hand
Hand’s inner self. Sole, that does its walking
just with feelings. That holds itself face up
and, as in a mirror,
receives from heaven its own meandering pathways.
That has learned to walk on water
when it splashes.
That walks on wells,
transforming every journey.
That finds itself in other hands
and turns them into landscapes,
wanders and arrives in them,
fills them with arrival.
—Rainer Maria Rilketranslation by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
image: Henna Expressions