The Buddhist says it’s a good sign
that we feel outrage, grief–
It means hurting humans
still shocks our still sensitive soul.
We’ve managed, collectively, not to
become jaded & numb
after centuries—incident after incident
of blood, bomb, & dead child,
the wailing of ones left with loss.
We’ve kept shiny, that jewel deep down
which continues to cry for the stranger
that knows pain is thinner, shared.