the things we take for granted.
not everyone has the shoes, the jewelry, the car,
this we know.
but what about a porch in tact?
a couch in the living room void of cigarette burns?
windows, open and clear, framed with decorative curtains?
the things we tend to believe everyone has
just because we do.
but what about running water for which to drink or bathe?
a bed and not just a sheetless mattress on a floor?
air-conditioning on a 103 degree Texas afternoon?
we must open our eyes,
move beyond our own walls, and
see what isn’t so simple, after all.