Dirt on the Hands

Back home, it is good to have dirt on one’s citified hands:

The dark brown soil under the fingernails from weeding the raspberries
The grey silica dust coating the palm after rubbing the horses’ itchy faces
The smear of tawny shit from a sick rabbit’s rear end, held so Quan can administer care
The black in the whorls of the fingertips from changing the diesel oil
The dried salty green slime of seaweed from lifting the long-submerged mooring chains

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