Two Poems

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The Feet

When we are born, our fingers and toes are counted to confirm if we have them
complete.
Like the hands, we have two feet.
Some were born with one or none.
What is so special about the foot?

Cute little toes curling up bring gladness.
The first few steps bring pride. 
Marching brings strength.
Running brings stamina.
Dancing brings delight. 
Feeling the ground, water and sand brings wonders. 
Wearing different pairs of shoes brings excitement.
The feet take us to where we want to go.

But the feet stomp when it is impatient.
The foot kicks when it is mad.
The foot steps on another’s foot when it is rude. 
The feet hurt when it is abused.

Those born without a foot or two grow up smart like you.
Those who have feet but cannot walk can sometimes do things better than us.

The lack in the power of the feet pushes them to use their hands in exceptional ways! 
Their feet do not stomp, kick or step on another’s. 
Yet, beware of their hands when their hearts are abused.
Of course, they also get impatient, mad, and rude.

We may have two feet but are we using them in special ways? Let those who are not
capable of walking excite you.

Take those little steps to tell them, “You are gifted. You inspire me.”
Isn’t that wonderful?

That is why our feet are special. They can bring us to others to say many lovely things.
Sometimes, even without words, a simple step supports. A simple step cares. A simple
step secures.

The Hands

You and I have two hands.
Some were born with one or none.
What is so special about the hands?

You, little child, hold Mama’s or Papa’s hand. 
You hold your feeding bottle or your glass and utensils.
You hold your fried chicken!
You touch your hair, skin, and clothes.
You write and draw with them.
You wash them, too.
You lick the icing on your hands.
You roll the ball and catch with them.

Mom or Dad caresses your skin. 
Their hands pat you with love.
Their hands protect you from harm.
Their hands cook, wash and clean for you. 
Even if they are tired or they have a wound in their hand, they still do things for you.
Their hands hold a book to read for you.
Their hands demonstrate to you how to pray, how to write, and how to do many other things like
when you have to clean yourself up!
They use their hands to carry your things, to drive the car, and to do their work
outside your home.

Can your little hands hold Mama’s and Papa’s hands to say, “Thank you. I love you.”?

Those born without a hand or two grow up smart like you!

They learn ways to hold things and they can even paint pictures better than us.

Your hand can give them a tap to say, “You are gifted. You inspire me.” 
Isn’t it wonderful?

That is why our hand is special. It can say many lovely things to others. 
Sometimes, even without words, a simple touch supports. A simple touch cares. A simple touch secures.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rita Avila
Rita Avila
Rita Avila completed a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Santo Tomas. Destiny, however, took her to television and film as an actress. Having an angel child is what led her to write children’s books to continue valuing the welfare of children and to remind us to “keep the child in our hearts while also keeping the heart of a mother.” Four of her books received nominations at the Jaime Cardinal Sin Book Awards, and two were included inThe Asian Parent’s list of best books for kids.

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