My Daughter’s Hands

my-daughters-handsThey once drew from four strings Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. Her arms danced about mahogany stained pine as partners, pulling to and fro. Haunting echoes of Jacqueline du Pre and her troubled brilliance. Now they search for the hint of a vein. Stretches of pale flesh once lined by purple blue channels, rivers and streams erased from a map. Rivulets atop her hands dry. She pokes and prods between fingers with the fine point of a syringe, looking for an opening to inject blessed numbness. Her cello gathers ghost notes of dust. My daughter’s hands, instruments of betrayal.

TJ Wood writes in the moments around her day job in communications and struggles to leave enough creative juice in the tank to work on a memoir. She rarely passes up a taco truck and finds the best days are spent on the road with a camera and notebook, open to adventure. Find her on Twitter at @roadmomma.


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  2. Jacqueline says:

    Absolutely beautiful. “Instruments of betrayal.” Lovely line! Thank you for this.

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