Twenty-two people wear 44 shoes.
Some are worn down at the heel
And some at a toe. We can excuse
The aged spots. They’re the annealed
Crosses and scourges they had to bear.
That’s the same cause for the cracks where
They bent so many times to run, to walk,
To follow, to lead. And when the people talk
The words come effortlessly. There’s comfort
In knowing about and sharing others’efforts.
We were there and did the same as you
When you had children and when they grew,
Getting sick, puking on the couch, peeing
In bed, going to school to fill their heads
Not with knowledge but with attitudes, seeing
People and events the same way. Move ahead.