Delight has empty hands.
These four words come from the Welsh poet Vernon Watkins, a friend of Dylan Thomas who rated him highly.
In our heart we know they are true. Watkins’s poem tells us that even a miser ‘knows delight has empty hands.’ Here we see Jesus taking Adam by the hand, and Adam clasping Eve’s: the triumph on the Lord’s face, Adam’s clear delight and Eve’s quiet acceptance of her redemption.
Delight has empty hands;
hands that can give, receive, take another’s hand, leading amid th’encircling gloom.
What must I drop in order to delight in being God’s redeemed creature?
See: The Collected Poems of Vernon Watkins, Ipswich, Golgonooza Press, 2000, p9.