Dirty

This world is dirty:
Filled with mud, sticks, and other debris.
It’s hard and cruel and doesn’t pick sides.
Both the good and the bad are just along for the ride.

But we humans are resilient.
Surprisingly strong, stubborn, and able to give clean slates.
I’m amazed daily by humans’ washing away of the past
And by our constant push into and through the mire.

This world is so often so ugly.
It makes us wish there was something else to view.
The world is callous, bruised, and battered with scars
Which both the “good” and the “bad” have caused
By reaching for their own stars.

But we humans do both give and take.
We’re compassionate, sorry, and hopeful
That we haven’t wasted the time we’ve spent.
We are thankful for the momentum we still make,
Not always straight or in the right direction,
But pushing through the swamp for each other’s sake.

This world is so damn petty,
Giving an eye for an eye
When we already can’t see clearly.
It is full of fake smiles and closed-door winks,
Demonstrated daily by those who’ve failed
And whose only mistake was to blink.

But we humans are so ready to stand
Behind a cause and become united.
Sometimes we get the cause right
And a flame becomes lighted.

I’m blessed everyday by our ability to come together.
Even if only for a time,
That unity can help us storm the weather.

This world is so far from easy,
Making us cry, shout, and whisper.
It is full of falling rocks- chaotically changing our paths-
As we constantly and consistently
Underestimate its wrath.

But we humans learn from our mistakes.
With each incoming generation,
New leaders grow, give, and provide more foundation.

I wish we shared the truth
That our youth will make this earth a better home--
For as long as there is an honest few pledging
To help the poorest and to never leave the dirtiest alone.

--Written by Sandy Heights

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