Dogs 2007

THE HUMAN TOUCH
(4/14/07)


in times
of need
we reach
to each other
for comfort
and assurance

how sad
to ask other
inconsistent
fallible
transitory beings
to help us transcend
our common condition
when they too
are trapped
on the same plain
of purgatory

only
a higher power
can fill the gap
between suffering
and solace
allowing us
to pass

the woman
sits beside me
recounting the people
who have not
contacted her
with condolences
concerning her mother's
heart surgery

they are on
her sympathy
shit list

it is
her mother
who is in need
of whatever earthly balm
that may be offered
but the woman
is only worried
about her own
emotional
neediness

of course
she also
called me
and I have
nothing to offer
from above
or within

sometimes
a lower power
is needed

if only
for one
night