(This photograph shows what my friend Nancy Donovan has created for a feral cat who has been coming to her porch for food and a safe place to sleep for a couple years. This cat cannot bear being indoors with the other cats or near a human. Nancy writes, “Every year I make her a winter house. I think this is the best yet. Wool blankets or old sweaters are the best insulation.”)

God, help me to give,
not what I think is the best
for others,
but what they want.

May I accept the “sleeping rough”
expressed in different ways
of those dear to me,
and just make it a little softer,

giving from respect
rather than my desire to be seen
as generous,
not needing to understand
everything, give advice,

or even Kondo the sock-drawer
in someone else’s life.

Give me the imagination
to reboot an old cooler
into a safe and warm place,
and yet the wisdom

to know another lost one
battered by the winds of these times,
needs to come inside
and sit by my fire.   amen.


Maren C. Tirabassi’s newest, indeed brand new, book is “Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems” and she blogs at http://giftsinopenands@wordpress.com/ She’s a UCC, US, pastor and a writer and lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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