The Shoreline

Deep Woods 020

When the elderly lose their shoreline, their safe place,

their searchlight goes missing, the sense of who

they are, and they know we don’t care.

Looking into the wrong mirror they get lost, eating dog food

to stay alive, deciding if they should pay the electric bill

or buy medicine. Being positive becomes a luxury for the rich,

they shake and worry, losing more light but most

don’t need salvation, they just need a good meal

a hand in friendship, to be one

so they can rebuild

their shoreline,

their place of safety

and rediscover

who they are.


Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”


10 thoughts on “The Shoreline

    1. Yes it is sad, and this is one of those places where compassion becomes so important. We can’t help everyone, but that should not stop us from reaching out to some. Peace Anna!

      1. That’s right! We can all do our little bit…and God will multiply our efforts to make a real difference. Plus, either every single human being is sacred and worth it, or none of us matter at all.

    1. Thank you Maremma! I have seen a number of people like this, some yes close to me. This is one of my biggest issues with politics in the US. Simply put we need to care about all people. Peace to you!

  1. So true Nico, if we connected more as a community with our elders, they would become the wise ones in our life, who we would listen and learn from as they shared their stories from the past, and they would be needed and validated and loved. We all are responsible for this void.

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