Willing to Hear?

The whole world is crying,
Are we willing to hear?
Hear the moans of injustice;Hear the cries of despair;
In our busy distractions,
In our bold certainty?

The whole world is crying,
Are we willing to see?
See the chains we have forged;
See the tears we have wrought;
In our search for our comfort,
In pursuit of our own?

The whole world is crying,
Are we willing to touch,
The ones we call dirty;
The destroying fire;
With hearts full of life,
With hands bathed in love?

The whole world is crying,
Are we willing to know
The pain of the other
In the depths of our soul?

Patricia Burlison
©2014