By: Mary LeMaître
It’s not so hard
to extend the hand of friendship,
It’s not so hard to say you care,
to see in the other person
a real person
not because we believe it is so, but
because we have stopped to say hello
and seen the beauty of another’s soul
Nothing to fear
Nothing so different
Full of goodness and beauty
Just the same as mine.
I have heard your voice and it is beautiful.
I have heard your voice
and seen its long invisible pain.
Let us walk together
until both of us are well with each other again
until both of us see each other as we really are
brother and sister
family and friend.
It is hard for me to tell you all that wells up in my soul.
Know that I care about what you have been through
that I have seen the injustice
and felt your pain
and that I now
walk with you.
This wretched past
which is all of ours
I cannot change
but I can change the here and now
so that we may walk together
into a better future.