Holding Hands

It’s like holding hands
fingers interlaced
neatly resting
against each other.

It’s about learning
each other’s twitches
subtle gestures
and soft spots.

It’s like how
the lines on our palms
always keep crossing
or on occasion, line up.

It is a trusted connection;
a push or tug
can cause shifts
in each other.

Or, it’s like a leash
with a strong grip;
it’s not about dominance,
it’s about survival.

It’s like holding hands,
it’s an intimacy
the world acknowledges
but does not partake in.


Note: This poem was inspired by the definition of co-evolution, Cameron’s hypothesis and the respective phylogenetic trees. This poem does not adequately explain either co-evolution or Cameron’s hypothesis and anyone willing to learn about the respective topics should consult an actual textbook.


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Holding Hands by Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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