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These Are The Hands is a poem from the book Don't Mention The Children by Michael Rosen. The poem is about the various places hands touch on a regular basis.

There are 2 slightly different versions of this poem published on Michael Rosen For Adults, one performed live at The Wanstead Tap and one performed at the usual studio Michael records his videos in.

TranscriptEdit

DISCLAIMER: This is a transcript for a video of Michael performing the poem/book, not a transcript from the actual poem/book itself.

The 60th anniversary of the NHS I was asked to right a poem and I wrote this.

These are the hands that touch us first, feel your head, find your pulse and make your bed. These are the hands that tap your back, test the skin, hold your arm, wheel the bin. These are the hands that 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 sour. These are the hands that 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. These are the hands that clamp the veins, make the cast, log the dose and touch us last.

This is for the NHS.

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 sour, 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.

VideosEdit

These are the Hands

These are the Hands

Don't Mention the Children – These Are The Hands

Don't Mention the Children – These Are The Hands

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