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Strength in Arms

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Johnny Slipknot



Joined: 04 May 2005
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Does he have strength in his arms?

Right and left?

Can he hold a child; squalling, sleeping, reaching for this and that and still keep him safe? Are his arms strong enough to bear the burden of a friend, shattered and limp from a broken heart? To hold them up straight in the pouring rain while the tears and the words flow in rhythm with the storm above. Are his arms steady and patient? Do they know not to let go until the storm has passed.

Do they know the difference between the storm and the weather?


Do his arms have the strength to pull him from the bed in the morning before the sun has risen, before the timer on the coffee machine has tripped? In the fumbling dark, by the glow of the bed-side clock, amidst the rhythmic breathing of other sleepers in the house, do his arms have the strength to pull him up and into the day?

Can his arms, his two arms of many years, carry the burden of protecting those around him? Can they grip the enemy and hold him at bay; can they guide others to shelter and safety? Do they know how to destroy? Do they know when?

Are his arms strong enough? To hold someone at the end of the day? To be found draped across a loved one in the middle of the night? To slide into the small of her back at a party, guiding her from room to room?

How strong are his arms? How strong are the fingers of the hands at the end of the forearms that house the scores of veins that push against the skin in patterns that flow to the heart that pumps the blood that feeds the tissue that is the body that houses the soul?




Does he have strength in his arms?


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