pastoral caring

in a time
of wealth & suffering,
heaven sends
angels
to radiate pure
light & tenderness

perhaps these angels
are good people
with enlightened
hearts

in their presence––
mercy, dignity, wisdom
& kindness
are ours without
asking

they remind us
that we are human
beings bound for
heaven

& mend &
heal us
where we are torn
apart

they touch us
so we can’t forget
how to love one
another

& listen to
our hearts
to know who
we are
with embracing
care

teach us
to release from
our clutching
selves––
like birdsong
in the night––

lead us lovingly
by the
hand

beyond this greedy
world––
beyond all this
pain