Friday, January 05, 2018


we could continue
to let our blood pressure rise,
   our stomachs churn,
   our voices crack from yelling,
or we could turn off our devices,
fold up our papers,
find your good news
in the group handing out
   winter coats on street corners,
in the students shoveling
   sidewalks and driveways,
in the older couple checking
   on their homebound neighbors,
in the employer paying
   hourly workers to stay home,
in all the people, places,
hearts, and hands overlooked
by the editors and producers.

© 2018 Thom M. Shuman

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