DescriptionI saw you looking at your hands with disgustYou hate them now and hide them you mustBut mama, there’s no shame in hands so wornBecause all they’ve touched since you were bornYou say you hate them ‘cause they’re so frail,So veined and aged and red, not paleYou don’t remember how much they’ve doneTo bring the 5 of us to who we’ve becomeYou don’t remember the love they’ve shownThe tireless tending to us we’ve knownTo tying the shoes and showing us howTo guiding us through all we know nowYou don’t remember they’ve nurtured us wellThat they soothed us so tenderly when we fellThat they hugged and held us when we were hurtThat they scrubbed and cleaned us of the dirtYou don’t remember that they wiped our tearsThat they gave us a refuge from our fearsThat they washed and doctored our injured kneesAnd they offered a tissue when we sneezedYou have no reason to hate them nowWithout those hands we would not know howTo use our own hands as you once didTo soothe and nurture and worries to ridWe can hopefully teach our young ones nowThat our hands are special and that somehowIt all began with your loving handsThey are so special and that’s how it standsMama, don’t hate them, ‘cause they’re etched with loveAnd Daddy’s patiently waiting to hold them, up above. Our Mama’s Handsby Marcella L. True
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.