dear turbulent world
there was a time we offered
shelter from the storm
i want to protect you.
all the displaced, those facing wars, floods, fires,
blizzards, earthquakes, famine, all who long for shelter,
those desperate for medical attention,
safe water, a mouth full of food.
those suffering at the hands of natural disasters,
and so cruelly, at the hands of each other.
those caught in social injustice,
losing hope, homes, employment, possibilities.
i want to hold you, restore balance,
undo the horrors
of thoughtless, careless abuse
from the actions of us all.
wake up to each other in peace.
may we look into the hearts of humanity
with love, courage, comfort, inclusion, compassion,
understanding and responsibility.
may we all find
shelter in a storm.
it's been a long winter and people everywhere
are hungry for light.