By Pamela K., Age 19

Slightly curved

protruding blue veins,

like rivers,

wind their way among the

withered and swollen hills

of aged fingers and knuckles.

Populated with wrinkles

and architecturally completed

by ten thin fingernails

covered in two coats of clear gloss

and one ancient ring;

two hands

lay folded, one

upon the other,

after 90 years of 

diligent services.