Everywhere in This World (Written August 24)

Everywhere in This World


There is suffering and misery everywhere

In this world. Across the dark water

Of the back harbor, in an apartment


On the top floor of a brand-new building,

A man tells himself that he cannot go on,

Even one more day. As she scrambles


Aboard a helicopter in order to escape

Certain death, a girl, in despair, cries

For her father. On a Halifax street


A woman struggles to put her life

Together again, after her mother’s

Sudden death. Near a heap of rubble


That was once his family’s home, a boy,

When asked to talk about his dreams

For the future, says that he has no dreams.


Everywhere there is suffering and misery

In this world, among those we know,

And those we will never know.

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