From old acquaintance and from new –
CNA, PT, and nurse,
one single touch feels kinder now
than all the universe.
Though mind be humbled by disease,
and thoughts not nimble climb –
yet deep inside, my answer hides
for those who take the time.
For sons and daughters with a smile,
for those who bathe with care,
for greyhound wag, the cook’s young child,
for polished nails, brushed hair …
For sweetness in the birthday cakes,
for jokes with vacuumed spills,
for patience walking halls at night
and courtesy with bills …
For feathers on the new year’s mask,
a gently lifted spoon,
Each laugh is like a light that shines,
at midnight as at noon.
We love the old and long ago —
the future’s full of chance.
Yet share a cup of kindness still,
its courage helps us dance.
Oh, yes, there’s much that’s been “forgot”
frustration grows and fears –
but we can hold each precious “now”
and celebrate New Years.