We Are Called to Rise

Published March 27, 2023 by tindertender

It all matters.
That someone turns out the lamp,
picks up the windblown wrapper,
says hello to the invalid,
pays at the unattended lot,
listens to the repeated tale,
folds the abandoned laundry,
plays the game fairly,
tells the story honestly,
acknowledges help,
gives credit,
says good night,
resists temptation,
wipes the counter,
waits at the yellow,
makes the bed,
tips the maid,
remembers the illness,
congratulates the victor,
accepts the consequences,
takes a stand,
steps up,
offers a hand,
goes first,
goes last,
chooses the small portion,
teaches the child,
tends to the dying,
comforts the grieving,
removes the splinter,
wipes the tear,
directs the lost,
touches the lonely,
is the whole thing.

What is most beautiful,
is least acknowledged.

What is worth dying for is barely noticed.

  • Laura McBride

Artist: Axel van Zyl


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