her hand

her hand by anna fonté

hot & solid in my hand, when i hold hers i grip a hunk of liquid crystal baked in sun
it worms into me, swimming veins, up to my armpit
where it curls inside my chest
and so i press her fingers to steady the flutter.
but also, there is the wonder
is it
her warmth or mine or ours together
that radiates from our grip & into the air around us
to form a pocket of energy, a fierce iridescence
trembling strength?
& when we walk like that, who’s holding whom

her hand in my hand, mine in hers
the place where we meet, the flesh of our connection
no, it is a fusion
& if we wore  mood rings, they’d be indigo, inky as the night sky, brimming with milky galaxies & dark holes of ayahuascan wonder, infinite & ineffable, inscribed inside with two simple words:

holding hands
only stretched out, so the letters touch like we do
h o l d i n g h a n d s
no end, no words, only touching
h o l d i n g h a n d s h o l d i n g h a n d s h o l d i n g h a n d s h o l d i n g h a n d s h o l d i n g
but what am i saying?
her hand.
her h-a-n-d


This is a poem I wrote for my daughter for Valentine’s day.
Explaining the unexplainable–or trying to, at least–is a fun game to play. I hope she reads it someday.
Happy V day to you all! I hope you get lots of love today.

About Anna Fonté

Girl in the Hat, aka Anna Fonté, is an author who writes about invisibility, outsider status, everyday monsters, and her attempts to befriend the neighborhood crows. The things she writes want you to look at them.


  1. gailytr

    like this, esp the way it’s crossed out

  2. happy v-day to you too, Anna. this is simply wonderful. thank you for sharing.

  3. awwww…that was GORGEOUS!

    now i wanna write my daughter a valentine’s day poem…even if i am a copy-catter.

    the flesh of our connection. i love it love it.

  4. macdougalstreetbaby

    I would love to see this on a canvas, as big as my dining room wall.
    You, Anna, are an artist and poet extraordinaire.
    Thank you.

    • Oooo. Canvas is a good idea. You just reminded me of an artist I once saw who took pages from books and altered them to make art-poems. Maybe I could do something like that… thanks for the idea! Happy V Day to you, MSB!

  5. So beautiful. Your cross-out device works so well in this heartfelt poem. It’s so hard to write a great poem about love, and you’ve done it. What a lovely gift for your daughter today!

  6. Beautiful. Beats the hell out of the “Roses are red” derivatives that I did for my two.

  7. Love the part… “who’s holding whom?”. Gorgeous 🙂

  8. Lisa Chipkin

    “fierce iridescence… flesh of our connection… union, a fusion.. ayahuascan wonder.. infinite & ineffable…”
    I love the feel of these in the mouth.

    Anna, I felt this one in my bones… Simply masterful. You. Are.

    Happy belated Valentine’s Day to you!

  9. Reblogged this on Handkind Study and commented:
    her hand – a wonderful poem written by a mother for her daughter for Valentine’s day…

  10. K

    The art coupled with your words creates a stirring feeling of beauty. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Beautiful! Sweet Poem 😀

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