Tracks of a Wandering Mind

Poetry, stories and random thoughts from a wandering mind.

Betty’s Hands

Inspired by a picture of the subject’s hands at rest.

These hands, look at them! Worn, gnarled,
Still they serve her though not well.
From childhood they have done her bidding,
And still til life’s last knell.

Clasped, in supplication folded
Ten thousand times and more,
The Master’s strength sustained them for
The harsh trials that they bore.

So very simple to behold,
Just tools to do her will,
Though age and work have worn them so,
They hold great beauty still.

Her hands have held her children close
And answered life’s demands,
As tears of pain and joy have flowed
With love in Betty’s hands.


July 14, 2011 - Posted by | Poetry | ,


  1. WONDERFUL!! Amazing what our hands do for us…play in the sand, apply makeup, wear a band of gold, raise children, wipe noses and bottoms….all of life’s experience show in the hands, and that is what keeps them beautiful. You brought out the loves these hands hold.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you! The work, the age and trials are what made them stand out to me.

    Comment by Brady Waugh | July 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. I just love this ….. what a testimony to a life well lived.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. They’ve held her grandchildren close, too. 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 | Reply

  5. This one is so great, Brady!

    Comment by Sarah @ Celiac in the City | April 17, 2016 | Reply

    • Thank you! And thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Comment by Brady | April 17, 2016 | Reply

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