This Is What I Care About


This is what I care about

Family—three brothers, sister,

Brother-in-law, sisters-in-law,



Niece and nephews, two

Children in the next generation

Four dogs for now, no cats

I know of (since mine died)


Friends—those who have

Work and those who need it,

Who are healthy and who

Struggle to get through the

Day without so much pain


Neighbors—those who make

Up my community and those

Who try to disfigure it


Peace that hardly yet prevails

Love and grace that it might



God who doesn’t need me

But regards me as one part

Of creation, anyway


And you


For so many reasons


For I know that you care, too