Hand in hand they walk

Hand in hand they walk (poem-a Haiku)

old couple walking while holding hands
Walking hand in hand (Photo by Noelle Otto on Pexels.com)

“Careful, here’s a drain,”

his shaky hands reaching out

to guide her across.


The well-dressed couple must be in their eighties. She wore a hat with a flower. A few Asian Chinese women would do that. They both walked in tiny steps, hand in hand. I watched from my balcony near the main road.
They came across a little drain, about six inches wide. It seemed a big hurdle. It took them five minutes to cross.
The tiny, fragile-looking lady waited passively. The gentleman was fidgeting and thinking of a way to get his lady across. He finally made a ‘big’ jump across the little drain.
It was a feat for his movements and gait looked like one with Parkinson’s disease. And his lady seemed mentally-subdued.
The caretaker of the hostel said their children studied and settled overseas. The old couple prefers twilight years in the warm weather here.



  1. “I want to hold your hand when we are 80 and say “We made it”
  2. “A perfect marriage is two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other!”


Published by Chen Song Ping @ TPTan

Chen S.P. enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer.

3 thoughts on “Hand in hand they walk

  1. I love this so much. That is my wish for myself. I strongly believe that two is better than one. When one falls down to the ground, the other will pick up the one that has fallen. Isn’t that wonderful?.


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