One pair of hands

A beautiful poetic tribute to a very special man, written by Mick Westwood…

One pair of hands
One pair of hands, scarred and wrinkled with age,
Shadows of history there, page by page,
Times of hard labour every long day,
Long on the hours, short on the pay.

One pair of eyes, that are greying and dim,
With glimpses of mischief still hidden within,
Half secret memories hidden from view,
Many a day, are remembered anew.

One loving soul, full of giving and care,
With love that abounds all around, everywhere,
A gentle contentment, and patience to find,
With love, understanding, wise counsel, and pride.

One beating heart, that forever will sing,
Of the song of his teaching that a lifetime does bring,
And ever the strength, all found to be had,
In this god given gift, that we all call – ‘OUR DAD’.

God Bless You Dad,  sleep your rest sweetly!
Michael, (your son) xx (Love you give Mom a kiss for me) xx
Night God Bless.
(Copyright Michael Westwood 2016)

About the author

Mick Westwood
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I am a 71 year old retired coal miner, who spent 30 years working underground. Having time on my hands, and in order to keep my brain exercised, I decided to try to write poetry and put down on paper some of my life experience, and my hopes, dreams and other thoughts. I also do a little gardening, but I am hopeless at housework. Much to my wife's displeasure.

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KarenE44
17th Jun 2019
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What a beautiful poem about you dad. Lovely. Thank you for sharing it.
Lareine
16th Jun 2019
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A lovely tribute to your dad. My dad was a miner in Seaham after the war. Both my brothers too, all gone now. Wonderful community in those times.
Gorgeous56
16th Jun 2019
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Wow what a beautiful poem. Was crying as I was reading it.
ShirleyC39
16th Jun 2019
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Just found your poems beautiful and so true x
ValC32
16th Jun 2019
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Beautiful words xx thank you for sharing them with me xx
JuneF4
16th Jun 2019
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Mick. You have a wonderful way with words. Such a gift. I've read many of your poems and they are really lovely.
Thanks for sharing this x
MaureenD98
16th Jun 2019
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A beautiful & poignant poem, a pleasure to read, thank you.
MaureenF5
16th Jun 2019
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Mick I like eveything you write., and look forward to your verse on a daily basis. My dad was a miner before the war and many of my cousins were also. A lot of what you write seems to connect immediately you truly are a wordsmith and I love your work. I know you will keep up the good work. x
sandyjag12
16th Jun 2019
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Lovely poem, reminds me so much of my own dad
JaneL46
16th Jun 2019
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Lovely words - reminds me of my late father-in-law
Lindsey Queenan
16th Jun 2019
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Beautiful poem, my Dad died very young 41 years ago. Still miss him every day. xx
AniW
16th Jun 2019
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So poignant, thank you for reminding that Dads are so Special.
VeronicaK8
16th Jun 2019
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What a lovely poem, it brought tears to my eyes. Still miss you dad xxx
Fidelma1
16th Jun 2019
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Lovely Mick brought a tear to my eyes thinking about my own dad. Thank you x
HazelH9
16th Jun 2019
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Beautiful poem , brought many memories of my late dad x
MarieG3
16th Jun 2019
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Beautiful poem,loved it ❤️
JoanM28
16th Jun 2019
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Beautiful Thank You
MargaretD644
16th Jun 2019
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Thoroughly enjoyed the poems.
MaureenS28
16th Jun 2019
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A beautiful poem the words chosen so reflect life as it was thankyou for sharing
AngieB4
16th Jun 2019
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Loved the poem, Brought the memories flooding back. Great writing.
DianeC29
31st Mar 2019
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Beautiful words. Mum and Dad born in Nottingham. Grew up in the war years. Learned much about life from them. Miss them both terribly.
Kate123
31st Mar 2019
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Wish I could put my thoughts onto paper like this. Just beautiful☺
CarolG9
31st Mar 2019
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Wonderful poems that brought tears.
Susie0655
24th Mar 2019
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Darlo59
24th Mar 2019
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Lovely words, well put together.
ritso
21st Mar 2019
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I often read your poems because they bring back memories. Many of us talk of 'the good old days' but we know that they were often hard and tough but your words also make us remember that we had pride in ourselves, in honesty and our workmanship, man and woman, despite worn clothes, dirty fingernails and tired bodies.
Thanks for the memories.
Bluekat
14th Oct 2016
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I liked this, brings back memories. (counsel?)
Mick Westwood
18th Mar 2017
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Absolutely correct Bluekat. My mistake. ( Apologies given ).
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Another beautiful poem Mick 🙂
Mick Westwood
18th Mar 2017
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Thank you. I apologise for the spelling mistake. Counsel, not `council`.
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No problem Mick ... your writing is so wonderful I din't even notice 😉

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