As the momentum builds,
the air increasingly glides through your fingers
until, Wham!
Your palms collide.

As soon as you can peel your hands off of each other,
Wham! Wham!… Wham!
Again, you repeat
with great apelike movements.

A primitive means to communicate indeed,
Your hands red and stinging, yet a grin,
following the air between your fingertips
an ancestral smile lights up your face.

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Comment by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 2:10pm
Thanks Josh!
Comment by Josh Gough on July 28, 2008 at 11:47pm
Nice!

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