Our natural inclination
When we see them in another,
To bring comfort,
To give a hug and wipe away the sorrow.
Reminiscent of our response
To childhood scrapes and fears
Comfort, bring stability
Make it better
And a quiet message tears are unwelcome?
Missing humanities, beautiful way
Of processing change,
Or the work of love,
And how it touches something deep inside us
Markers of what is precious,
Of who matters,
Or longing for things to be better,
Invitations to be curious about the path ahead.
Gifts that clear the toxins
Touchstones of loss and frustration,
Cleansing space, opening possibilities
For moving forward.