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30 August 2015
Waiting to enter the world
To talk, to walk and to sing
To go to school and to play
To become a teenager and an adult
To retire and experience a renewal of youth.
Waiting to find a trusted friend
To find the right life mate
To be able to vote
To drive a car
To be treated like an adult.
Waiting to earn a living
To receive a decent living wage
To have a good working environment
To not be exploited
To be at-one with one’s self.
Waiting to find a good place to live
To have a place called home
To provide for a family
To have a health care policy
To enjoy work-free weekends and holidays.
Waiting to distinguish between needs from wants
To separate the need for healthy foods over a fancy car
To prize the “groupie” photo over the “selfie”
To value love more than a laptop
To cherish conversation over material comforts.
Waiting to find the perfect drug to end obesity
To reduce arthritis and end infertility
To find a near-perfect life partner
To join an imperfect church
To await a contented immortality.
Waiting for the dawn of each new day
For the eternal springs of life
For discovering our real selves in our dark holes
For rains that come to our parched soul
For the sunsets throughout all of life.
Waiting for an escape from a personal prison
For an end to an unhealthy addiction
For time to practice patience
For a period of inner growth
For a lost memory to be restored.
Waiting for the line at a grocery store to speed up
For the traffic light to turn green or a bus to come
For the long commuting time to shorten
For the cell phone to charge so we can talk
For the next pension or social security check to arrive.
Waiting anxiously for an email or letter from home
For news about our job search
For our favorite TV program to start
For a good night’s sleep
For a joyous homecoming.
Waiting for men to stop speaking for women
For the rich to stop speaking for the poor
For the powerful to stop speaking for the powerless
For the clergy to stop speaking for God
For the scientist to stop speaking for the humanist.
Waiting for the love in our heart to come
For healing to begin
For the flower in us to open
For jealousies to die
For our beauty to be appreciated.
Waiting for the blindness in us to see
For the hearing in us to listen
For the silences in us to speak
For the selfishness in us to share
For the “inaction” in us to act.
Waiting for the refugee to find freedom
For the personal imprisonment to end
For the undocumented and illegal to become a citizen
For the orphan to find a loving family
For the gay couple to be legally married.
Waiting for a spiritual rebirth
For a prayer to be answered
For a miracle to happen
For the body to be made whole
For the soul to loudly speak.
Waiting for the school year to end
For the new school year to begin
For the graduate to find a job
For leaving home to begin a new life
For homecomings on holidays.
Waiting for hatred to end
For discrimination to end
For abusive behavior to end
For wrongful imprisonment to end
For all injustices to end.
Waiting for recognition that humans cause climate change
For serious proposals for green energy
For universal consumer protection watch
For preserving our planetary diversity
For healing times and healing places.
Waiting for a recovery that may never happen
For healing that may never come
For growing that may never come
For more healing times and healing places
For end of life that we know will come.