The Real Tenderness
It doesn’t matter
what you see before you,
is what you see within yourself,
and how you bring that into the world.
Offer the bounty of your heart
to the scarcity of these conditions,
the fullness of your lungs
into cavities of hopelessness...
Leave roots and seeds in the homes and hearts of those who have long suffered from the famine of kindness.
See, from the inside out,
not as it is,
but as it could be,
given your tenderness.