Initial Hospice Visits
Songs from the Kremlin Annex

Finding Value in the Small Things Amidst the Horrors

Rhyming Words

 

It’s hot, but the windows are open

for the sounds, the bare breezes,

the connections that reach beyond

my imaginings as I sit at my table.

Closed doors and windows confine cooled air,

but they separate me from the raucous cicadas,

the passing cars, the carried snippets of voices,

the reminders that

all is not outrage, fear, turmoil.

 

Yesterday was a day of talking about poetry:

imagery and the power of figurative language

with ten-year-olds before

hearing, reading, seeing the news of Treason,

of a man who stands for nothing, not even himself.

It was far too literal to compare to

peering down a rocky cliff,

dredging a septic tank,

razing a blooming field,

depriving an infant of sustenance.

 

The encroaching overlap of the day and my day

as it played out, as it plays out in far too many iterations,

shouldn’t make modeling being kind to each other

seem like a noble act.

The only fealty we should have is to honor and respect

each other. To do no harm.

Maybe it’s like having a peanut free room or table:

We take care to protect those who could be harmed

by our actions. And then,

We take care of those who just need

a kind word, a supportive nod, an encouraging smile.

Humanity. Compassion. Love.

No t-words.

Comments

Margaret Lesh

I love this post, Laura. Especially this part:

The only fealty we should have is to honor and respect
each other. To do no harm.
Maybe it’s like having a peanut free room or table:
We take care to protect those who could be harmed
by our actions. And then,
We take care of those who just need
a kind word, a supportive nod, an encouraging smile.
Humanity. Compassion. Love.

Life is hard; we need to help each other through it. Too bad some people can't seem to realize that.

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a woman

So true. You would think it's not so hard to care about others, but truly people live in hard shells.

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