The importance of listening

The importance of listening 
by Joel Howard

Baby cries, widow weeps
Daddy cannot go to sleep
Too much pain, discomfort too 
What's a mom and dad to do? 
Beggar wails, asks for change
The truest of which never came 
Change that lasts - a home for sure 
Could anyone ask for more? 
The world is weeping, friend 
Are we listening? 
The world is grieving, friend
Are we keeping track of her sighs? 
Could we recognize her pulse 
Amidst the tumult? 
Are we listening?

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