The Hand of God, A Response

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Reaching up out of 
is a hand—
cold, white, forged
from marble.
A massive nest is
disrupting the 
and holding it
at once. 

Within this large
embrace are
two figures,
faceless and intertwined.
Their unfinished features
with their
possible outcomes
are embedded 
in this hopeful stone.
They are a 
work in progress.

Frozen in this stony
moment, they are 
not yet the curse
they are destined to become. 

And the same for the 
mighty hand
which holds them. 
This, the very hand
of God,
protruding up
from the unformed
earth is left
by the artist.
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon) The Hand of God, modeled ca. 1896–1902, commissioned 1906, carved ca. 1907 French, Marble; H. 29 in. (73.7 cm.); W. 23 in. (58.4 cm.); D. 25-1/4 in. (64.1 cm.); Weight on pallet: 574 lbs The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1908 (08.210)

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