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North American Dreaming: A Drop Of Water

William Burkholder's moving poem says that kindness should not be withheld at the behest of bias and blind judgement.

Parched and Barren, a landscape cracked and dry. A child, hungry and homeless, too tired now to cry.

Masses milling,
amongst the downtrodden,
uncaring ears and eyes,
hearts throbbing
only to a singular drum.

Amongst this desert landscape, what a drop of water might do? Sustenance does not judge.

But we do,
kindness should not be withheld
at the behest of bias and blind judgment,
but it is.

So often, so redundant in our indifference
that we are numb, blind, and thirsty,
all of us, yes all
could use just a sweet drop of water,
to refresh, regain, and recall, our humanity.

A drop of water, just one can change the world.

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