Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

Hovering at Hand


A Russian scientist
photographed the human spirit
undergoing metamorphosis
at time of death.

The Kirlian photography captured
escaping electrophotons,
dispersing and blue,
as they left.

Still shaking for life,
the rest of the body
stayed stubbornly
orange, yellow, and red.

These differences in colors
the reds from the blues,
neither heat nor air,
but actual energy
proved the slow leaving
of a being during death. 

Where did the soul surrender
first - the hands.

Of course the hands with:

their opposable thumbs
fine fingers always focused
fingers furled in pain
fists formed in protection

                    fingers fixing tears 

                    reaching, reaching, always

                    reaching for someone 

                    for something

                    even reaching ahead 

                    these hovering hands

                    reaching towards

                    a great beyond

                    reaching for death