lenten journal: cloud of witnesses


    the eighth grader who wants to know
    if I’ve graded the paper he turned in yesterday.
    the neighbor ranting on the listserv
    taking out his frustration on the rest of us.

    the guy at the shelter who helped me
    carry in the chicken for tomorrow night’s meal.
    the woman in front of me at Costco
    who didn’t seem prepared for the check out line.

    the President who spoke about Libya
    trying to explain what our country is doing.
    and I’m sure there was at least one
    whom I walked by without even noticing.

    the cloud of witnesses of my day to remind me:
    be kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle.


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