(light-hearted because my heart is lighter)
I was glad when they said to me,
you can have a colonoscopy,
maybe a mammogram,
an MRI for your friend,
an x-ray for the stranger, also.
Your child can have health care,
young men and women, recovery,
your elders be mended when
frail bones stumble.
Sometimes it is good
to storm the gates of Washington.
Our common life is bound together.
and, when the most vulnerable
are given safety and
the profits of the wealthy controlled,
we give thanks to God
and to the voices of a resistance
speaking out and standing up
emailing and phone calling
to make a difference
at the thrones of decision-making.
We pray for the well-being of all people.
For the sake of relatives and friends
and those whom we will never know —
we say, ‘Peace be within you.’
In the continuation of
Affordable Health Care Act
we have sought one another’s good.