FIVE – nǵh – 五

FIVE – nǵh – 五

Five hands pressed against a window on a bus

Five unremarkable hands

Which is remarkable

Work-stained hands

Soft office hands

Surgeons’ hands

Students’ hands

School children’s’ hands

An innocent action to steady a travelling body?

Perhaps. . .

Five digits spread across the cold clear surface

Protesting, shouting silently

Other bodies have already had their five vital organs pommelled

Their five senses deadened

Their five levels of consciousness assaulted

Leaving five tears of being

Which flow unchecked

Washing in the five stages of fear

Five stages of impunity for torture

Five famous last words before death

“I am going to die”

Leaving those who survive with the five stages of grief

Five angels stand on the head of a pin

Changes have already started and more are to come in the following days and weeks

These five unremarkable hands that press upon the glass

That stretch and ache

Remind us all as their palms shout

“Five demands not one less”

©Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

Five hands pressed against a

window on a bus

Five unremarkable hands

Which is remarkable

Work-stained hands

Soft office hands

Surgeons’ hands

Students’ hands

School children’s’ hands

Does it really matter whose hands?

An innocent action to steady a travelling body?

Perhaps. . .

Five digits spread across the cold clear surface

Protesting, shouting silently

Other bodies have already had their five vital organs pommelled

Their five senses deadened

Their five levels of consciousness assaulted

Leaving five tears of being

Which flow unchecked

Leaving the fear in five stages

Five stages of impunity for torture

Five famous last words before death

“I am going to die”

Those who survive grapple with the five stages of grief

These five unremarkable hands that press upon the glass

That stretch and ache

Remind us all, as their palms shout

“Five demands not one less”

©Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

inspired by the photograph taken by @ezracheungtoto

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