These are the Hands by Michael Rosen

For the 60th anniversary of the NHS


Michael Rosen For Adults

These are the hands

That touch us first

Feel your head

Find the pulse

And make your bed.

These are the hands

That tap your back

Test the skin

Hold your arm

Wheel the bin

Change the bulb

Fix the drip

Pour the jug

Replace your hip.

These are the hands

That fill the bath

Mop the floor

Flick the switch

Soothe the sore

Burn the swabs

Give us a jab

Throw out sharps

Design the lab.

And these are the hands

That stop the leaks

Empty the pan

Wipe the pipes

Carry the can

Clamp the veins

Make the cast

Log the dose

And touch us last.

Michael Rosen

One thought on “These are the Hands by Michael Rosen

  1. Fab. I was struck by this poem when I first heard it on good old Poetry Please on Radio 4. Michael’s recent illness and experiences make it all the more poignant. Such a fitting inclusion here. Thanks for sharing.
    Jan …. the hands that search….:)

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