we forget

We forget actors leave the set

and writers live outside their pages

and the president does more than speak

and pastors more than preach

and children more than play

and parents far more than work

and teachers more than teach

and the homeless more than beg

and the elderly more than sleep.

 

We forget the laughers will not always laugh

and the thankful will not always shout

and the winners sometimes lose

and the champions get embarrassed too

and the sun does not always shine somewhere

and the grass may be brown anywhere

and things sometimes unexplainably topple

and captured smiles do not entail anything

and today’s discovery may be tomorrow’s tragedy.

 

We forget that everyone,

everywhere,

still has to live

as much as us.

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