Each time I try to understand
The whole, parts slip through my
Fingers, like fine grains of sand.
Just when I think we’ve reached
A wonderful plateau of lasting peace
The earth suddenly shifts beneath us
Doubt, anger, conflict, resentment, pain arise.
Blame is assigned. Life seems unfair.
The past is stirred up and
Then it settles, like particles of
Dirt in a glass of water.
How do we keep it from
Poisoning our relations? Damaging our kids?
Hope, that sums it up, hope.
Always searching for rays of light
In the darkness, always remembering that
We can find a way back
To reconciliation, peace and love, albeit
Temporarily because the nature of life
Is change, and what we feel
One day, alas, may not be
What we feel the next one.
Patience, that sums it up, patience.
We are only human and hence
Imperfect beings on the path to
Getting it right, but that path
Is long and windy and the
End is not always in sight.
Love, that sums it up, love.
That has been our only constant.
Love for our kids, and love
For each other. Maybe at times
The feeling is murky or strained,
But, like a bloodhound, I am
Always on its trail, as its
Sweet scent never fails to lead
Me to an infinitely better place.
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Melissa at Six Word Fridays asked me to “sum it up,” so I did.