Tuesday, January 02, 2018


while we can
slip into a second coat
   on such bitter days,
remind us
of those who must find
   another newspaper
   to be their insulation;
as we press the remote
to self-start our car
   to warm it up,
remind us
of the folks who stand
   on unsheltered corners
   hoping the bus will be early;
when we can make
the ‘wise’ decision to work
   from home and be safe,
remind us
of our neighbors with no choice
   but to find a way to get
   to their low-paying job.
make us more grateful,
dear God, but
please make us more mindful.
© 2018 Thom M. Shuman


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