They made people stop and smile
and wonder – this sight of the tottering couple
clasping hands but going no where at all.
The world and all it’s kind seemed to speed by,
tipping the globe as it steadily turned its daily round
upsetting the ground under foot for our couple
and they reached for the other’s hand that had always
been there when things tipped and moved unexpectedly
like it did today for no apparent reason.
This wasn’t explicitly part of their being together,
as it started at a breakneck pace that seemed too slow to them
with so much to do – and all of it together – even old,
familiar things and they’d come to the habit of holding hands
for no particular reason and squeezing harder for emphasis,
but today the reason was steadiness, not emphasis
and it meant just as much – only different.
What will one do, I wondered, if one day not too far away
the one felt the need of steadying and reached
in that familiar way for the other’s faithful hand
but it wasn’t there, because it seemed obvious
this was a nearing possibility and they’d probably not contemplated
when building their habit of just holding hands
for no particular reason, and squeezing harder.