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It’s so terrifying

because you choose to make it

disdainfully beautiful.  It is a terror

of hurting your own kind.  He was so

little, right there in my own arms, I held him

~

the little baby Dying in a dying land.  I

could smell the sick in his crying.  Sitting

in a chair on that burning underground coal

~

mine created by greed, I took his picture.  A baby

~

starving with HIV darker  skin toned than me.  I wept

as if I were his mother.  It is not a choice

to experience life.  I just sang to him,

~

and sang in constant learning of openness.  Make

each embrace a rising of Grace.  The bird of burnt

flying named for the sake of hope.  Be grateful for those

~

so very human moments.  We are of interest to each other.

Are we not?  Semantics are important.  Tell me,

whose jargon do you speak?  We are all foreign to each

~

other so much depends on translation.

~

Is it like me? Give me water.  There is no

~          ~          ~          ~          ~ greater intimacy than the need for

~

water…we all thirst.  Man thirsts for meaning

in an age of too bereft  people.  We live

in the age of untruthfulness shutting out voices

~

we don’t want to hear. It’s all artificial,

except for the truth of every starved body

~

sincere touch is the soul’s companion.

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4 Comments

  1. How well the poem builds to that last most poignant line.

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