|cover painting by Paul Grignon|
To those who gave birth to my ancestors
who told me stories of the world
who showed me how to love it.
To all those who by accident and brief encounter
brought me to some truth I did not want to know.
To those who, not knowing my name
helped when I needed help
and who received mine when they needed it.
To those who by commitment of their will
have learned to write, sing, dance or paint
the message we most need to learn.
To all those who have the courage to put their skill
on the public stage to serve
as doctor, lawyer, minister, teacher, publisher,
scientist or social worker.
To those whose names I may never learn
who clean the office, drive the bus, do the laundry
pick the fruit and stack the shelves.
To those who have listened to another
when they needed to be heard.
To all who embrace their vulnerability
and who enter into compassion.
For you are the names and the faces
of my gratitude.
(from Infinite Power, Ekstasis 2016)