Prominently veiny and calloused.
Marked how much I have labored.
To serve my family and colleagues,
to my students and made a difference.
My hands have purely served.
Helped my students in search of life’s quest.
Coached how life must be ruled and valued.
Enlightened their minds and uplift their spirit.
My hands, I disciplined to be pure.
To live with dignity and let honesty rules.
Must live within means, purity it must uphold.
Lived by examples and to be true to all.
I am proud of my veiny and calloused hands.
Whom I have raised my kids and kins.
Advised them to be good fellows of the land.
To obey for the truth and serve our motherland.
~ Cynthia Cabral