Eight fingers interlocking
rest untrembling on Jean's cold knees,
blackened in Whitechapel grime
steadied only by each other.
Torn and bloodied claw,
once pink and curled in beautiful birth
once reaching and clutching,
no hope to cling to now.
She folds them to her face
tears trace lines that pool in scars,
hand's which once picked Mother flowers
now crave the dampened soil.
Photograph: Don McCullin 1980 "Jean's hands"