Sometimes the sorrows
we have sustained
enable us to share
with other sorrowers.

Sometimes the faith
we found in dark
and desperate valleys
gives us the fortitude
to risk the venture
of offering some
to those who find
believing difficult.

Sometimes the friendship
we demonstrated
in brief encounter
blessed us more.

Sometimes
Sometimes the dream
improvident, impossible
brought new horizons
and a promised land.

Some times—No—all times
God is on the job
even when we are not
even when we just can’t
be bothered to be.

How providential!

Thomas John Carlisle