I pour white sugar for my coffee, let it flow as granulated crystals;
I pack my cart full of groceries, full of clothing, full of thrills.
I sit still for tiny moments, lit by lamplight, air is stale;
I calm my sorrows in the quiet, remember, everything is well.
Everything that ails me, every trifle, bland concern;
It means nothing to the memory of widows, lost at war.
It means nothing in the oceans that see above them rockets fly;
It means nothing to the orphan dreaming terror through the night.
My ache and plague, it is impatience, it’s submission to my want;
My lonely company is ungratefulness, it’s vanity, it’s harm.
But here now, my sights are lifted, I am cleared and yes, released;
I see the world about me, smell the stenches, see their feet.
They are bloodied by the running, days of longing for some rest;
And shelters do no good, nothing there revives the dead.
I cannot touch them, though I try to, try to read their eyes and scars;
But I cannot fathom a refugee, cannot displace my own proud heart.
But here, I’ll try to open it, try to crack the door ajar;
So I can taste the sorrow, taste humanity, taste these wars.
I need to see their hope in depth, their Trinity, their peace;
I need to see their beauty marks, to sit with them, to sing.
My coffee cup is empty, and my baby, there he sleeps;
When he wakes, I pray he’ll find me, see my sorrow differently.
My doors are opened, soul enlarged, and wide horizons stretch my view;
Remember, I am mother, I am sister, I am with you.