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Shaking Hands

Kinetic hands push their way through static,
Sparks fly as negative meets positive
In this essential energy exchange.
Important moments of electric touch happen so carelessly;
Nearly none are remembered.

Boys are taught to have a strong shake,
Without intention you’re left red handed.
How many trails of destruction
Lead back to a misinterpreted shaking hand?

Businessmen expose teeth, squeeze blood from hands
In powerless moments
That blow away in the wind.
Sweaty, shaking young hands come together
In exiting moments that surge the national grid.

Wisdom keeps hands still, bound together
Inside a moment.