Hands are for Healing

Hands are for Healing
a simple story by Karin Taylor 17 Apr ‘14

There was once a little Matryoshka doll

her name was Anastasiya, which means


Anastasiya lived in the fair and far-off village

On the coast of the White Sea called Shoina

Poor little Anastasiya was blind and deaf

she had no hands or feet

no sense of taste or smell.

One day Sofia, the little girl who loved the doll

Decided to give her some eyes to see

Some ears to hear, some hands, some feet

And her sense of taste and smell.

Sofia took a small paint brush and dipped it

She chose an azure hue for Anastaysiya’s eyes

The colour of fresh pink roses for her nose

A plum colour mixed from red and blue for her lips

Sofia painted little black gumboots onto Anastasiya’s feet

And mittens of blue, gold and green on her little hands

Before long Anastasiya’s also had ears and was very happy

To be able to see, hear, smell, taste, walk and touch.

For some time, Anastasiya amused herself

And filled her days with fun but she only thought of herself

And the pleasure she could get from her new parts.

Until one very snowy cold day, she noticed a tiny bird

With a red breast struggling in the snow and with each

Struggle digging itself deeper into a hole until

It was almost buried.

Anastasiya heard it’s weak cry,

ran with her feet shod in black gumboots,

picked up the little bird so gently in her tiny mittened hands,

and held it close to her heart for warmth.

She touched it’s feathers with her little nose and nuzzled

It with love, planting upon it’s head one tender sweet kiss.

By the warmth of the fire that night

The tiny bird revived and came back to life

Tweeting a tune, happy and healthy, saved from the snow

It was ever grateful to Anastasiya, who that day

Learned that ….

…….hands are for healing, eyes are for seeing beyond ourselves,

feet are sometimes for rescues, ears are for learning needs of others,

noses are for nuzzling and affection, hearts are for comforting,

homes are for loving.


Prints and cards by Karin www.redbubble.com/people/karin

Hands are for Healing

© Karin Taylor

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