Hand in hand they walk

Hand in hand they walk (poem-a Haiku)

old couple walking while holding hands
Walking hand in hand (Photo by Noelle Otto on Pexels.com)

“Careful, here’s a drain,”

his shaky hands reaching out

to guide her across.

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The well-dressed couple must be in their eighties. She wore a hat with a flower. A few Asian Chinese women would do that. They both walked in tiny steps, hand in hand. I watched from my balcony near the main road.
They came across a little drain, about six inches wide. It seemed a big hurdle. It took them five minutes to cross.
The tiny, fragile-looking lady waited passively. The gentleman was fidgeting and thinking of a way to get his lady across. He finally made a ‘big’ jump across the little drain.
It was a feat for his movements and gait looked like one with Parkinson’s disease. And his lady seemed mentally-subdued.
The caretaker of the hostel said their children studied and settled overseas. The old couple prefers twilight years in the warm weather here.

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Quote:-

  1. “I want to hold your hand when we are 80 and say “We made it”
  2. “A perfect marriage is two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other!”

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Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

3 thoughts on “Hand in hand they walk

  1. I love this so much. That is my wish for myself. I strongly believe that two is better than one. When one falls down to the ground, the other will pick up the one that has fallen. Isn’t that wonderful?.

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