To be touched kindly and with compassion
Caressed with feeling burdened and yet unbound
To be held and cradled by another
Whom you are loved with and contained
Is alive and living and being light.
How this compares with the horrid and dark
The filthy and selfish touch
That you cannot understand but that it is bad
And is going to take so much from you
Is death and destruction and disaster.
So pray that you can live with a kindly touch
And know that this begins at everyone’s hope.