To Wipe Away the Words

Whether in trickle or torrent

Tears spilled on the page as words

Crying for compassion

And understanding

Need to be heard

And observed in earnest

Before the ink smears indiscernible.

Empathy is an absolute necessity

In all affairs of the heart

And our part in this rendition

Of the entwined human condition

Is that of dry shoulder

And warm embrace

To shield against the world’s cold

And stand as sentinel in fear’s face

In hopes that when doubt appears

Knocking on our front door

Someone just might be here

To answer for us before…

It’s too late.


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