Three Tears

Patience is draining away
While we struggle, to take care of others.
Restrictions grow tighter each day,
For throwing our arms
Around sisters and brothers,
Keeping those rendezvous’
With secret lovers,
Discreet lunch appointments
With fathers and mothers,
Breaking our hearts to turn
Anyone away.

Tolerance is tested and frayed.
Yet tears still flow
For those who have fallen,
More tears left, for those
Cringing and crawling,
One more tear shed, for those
Without anywhere, to stay.

The political game is not over yet,
There are more hollow words to say.
Meanwhile, we dream of sons and daughters,
Seeing their eyes fill up with water
And reach for that human warmth,
We all crave.

Steve Bishop


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