Tuesday, November 5, 2019
small acts of kindness
“there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
people so tired
either by love or no love.
people just are not good to each other
one on one.
the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.
we are afraid.
our educational system tells us
that we can all be
it hasn't told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.
or the terror of one person
aching in one place
watering a plant.”
― Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell
how many people walk through each day
deep down, soul deep
how many people have sought love
and not found it
because they were never taught
how to love and be loved
how many have had great dreams
only to have them disintegrate in
the harsh light of reality
how many people
struggle with loneliness
there are so many walking wounded, Lord
and their anguish fills the air
it spills out on Facebook
and on twitter
an in Trump rallies
it is fed and nurtured by
all those who wrapped up in power and greed
neglect, and minimize, and worse
Lord, we are drowning in a sea
of contempt, helplessness
Help us Lord, to leave no person untouched by love
Help us to leave no person unheard
There are medicines for this alienation
A listening ear
A feeling heart
Compassion and empathy
Small acts of kindness
And Sacred fueled love
Above all love
Is it that hard, Lord to love?
We love because you first loved us (I John 4)