Our Work is Loving the World

A poem for those affected by Monday's shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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after Mary Oliver and Cheryl Strayed

When I stepped outside their home,
having offered a prayer
for his next day’s medical procedure,

yet unaware of the school shooting,

I happened upon a sunny butterfly
alighted on a chalk-white flower.

Was this an omen that justice
and peace would finally kiss?

Here is why I feel compelled to pray—
in desperate hope for the future,
and to turn our hearts from despair,
that together we work for change,

and pause to love tiny beautiful things.