Except you do. . .
All it takes is just one I hear,
to look for the sun to rise each morning. .
to look at the moon at night and wonder,
where home is. . .
to keep the world turning on its axis.
Just one to hear the promise that
the rose will bloom in December
along the fence, in the dead of winter. . .
to have the promise true. . .
and the world to hold its shape.
To have just one
to care enough to rail
and fill the hunger for love
of just one child harbored to the grave
clinging in the aged body, still . .
Brains and body parts halt in growth
except to make another just like themselves.
But who cares? You do.
The Teacher said . . suffer the little children,
tolerate them for he gave unsparingly
of himself to assuage the Unmerciful God
from the first book, though for untold centuries
mankind tried to gain tender mercies.
The greatest hurdle. . the Everest to climb
is the not knowing.
Are you the ‘only’ who cares?
You think you are not so different. . .
like others? And they care too?
Not sure but you
might be the ‘only’ who cares. . .
to feed and nestle the babe
before you turn off the light,
. . . someone needs to stay the night . .
but who else cares . . . enough?
Artwork by Claudia Hallissey