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Sunday, April 17, 2011

One Small Thing

Not for me, the grand concepts.
I mean, I know that poverty
is cyclical or situational,
but that guy on the corner?
He just wants a sandwich,
maybe a beer.

Not for me, the great concerns.
I mean, I know that orphans exist,
and child care’s too costly,
but that girl on the swing?
She just needs a push,
maybe a hug.

Not for me, the larger issues.
I mean, I know the snowcap is melting,
but insomnia won’t help.
All I can do is turn off some lamps,
light one little candle, and hope others do too,
that the sum of the candles will light up the globe,
maybe my life.

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully said, Dan. There is wisdom in acting locally... even as we obsess globally! Me, I'm in the coffee shop springing for coffee with this odd and fun group of mental health consumers (some are homeless) as we plot the grand design for universal health care. As if! Amy