My hands are marked with gritty sheep wool, vinegar and cheese mold, rubber from my work gloves, fresh earth and bitter greens,
dog love, sweet hay, damp moss, egg yolk, flour, whey,
scrubbed rust, dusty cobwebs, bird feathers, bone,
animal saliva, animal excrement,
lemon balm, cicely, rosemary and thyme,
salt water, kelp, wet sand, oyster juice,
aged cookbooks, musty explorer magazines, bamboo knitting needles, ink smears, beeswax.
For the first time, I know they are loving all that they handle, selflessly.