Between the Bones (A poem)

Warm oil, warm hands.

Steady pressure, just this deep.

Long, slow thumb-slide

along the bony blade.

Slides slowly along between the bones,

The bones which landmark the way.

Flow right through the fibers

like a canoe floating a stream.

Steady pressure, just this deep.

Long, slow thumb-slide.

Long and slow to calm the way.

Slow over the bumpy waves.

Steady to calm the way.

Long, slow thumb-slide.

Steady pressure, just this deep.

Over and over, up and again

Slowly between the bones,

The bones which landmark the way.

Long, slow thumb-slide.

Steady pressure, just this deep.