The Loved and the Lost

We receive fairytales as if
they are welcome friends
and wave anxious goodbyes
to truthful travelers.
Where though does reality live
but beside the inspiration
of the sleepless. And the martyrs
of endless days. The hands that touch
children’s minds               with pronounced sympathy.
Hope lives in the touch of words.

For what more can we say that
the angels deserve for their choices.
I am frightened to know what
the judges sentence for goodwill.
I have seen the Earth without angels,
the darkness that children find behind closed doors.
There are no hands to heal tomorrow.
There are no angels, no faith
in the dollars that speak louder than love.

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About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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15 Responses to The Loved and the Lost

  1. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    Nice my friend… Nice…

  2. “Where though does reality live
    but beside the inspiration
    of the sleepless.”

    Lovely diction, Kate. I appreciate the ending to each stanza.

    • Kate Houck says:

      Thank you for reading and for the thoughtful comment. Always greatly appreciated. This poem is actually inspired by teachers. Many have been laid off in my city this year. The “sleepless” refers to the work teachers put in 24/7.

      All the best to you, my love. Have a wonderful day 🙂

      • “The “sleepless” refers to the work teachers put in 24/7.”

        Precious. I taught 5th in Philly and then elementary Gifted n Talented in a suburban district (way back in my other life). The work is endless. You’re never done.

      • Kate Houck says:

        I always knew you had the soul of a teacher D. Thanks for connecting and sharing!

  3. powerful words and feelings you evoke in this one. Thanks Kate.

  4. C says:

    getting sentenced for goodwill… love that line / concept!

    • Kate Houck says:

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Doesn’t it feel like the more good people do in the context of this society the worse off they are? Completely backwards!

      Thanks again for reading 🙂

  5. seanbidd says:

    Such false imaginary intangibles we give worth to here in contemporary times, so to sometimes wonder; what would it of been like in the days of such companions as, Cinnamon and Saffron, might they share their worth with Thyme, in days when value was once based on taste, as for these days, a dollar seems way too processed for those in pursuit of a false paleolithic and highly processed lifestyles. Love truly does have such a better taste than the imaginary.

    Just listening to the winter winds here, play this notes, music upon the tall tree tops. Hope tomorrow is good to you and yours.

    • Kate Houck says:

      So kind of you Sean and I am truly moved by your comment. Thank you for connecting to and elaborating on the importance of putting worth into truth, love and beauty.

  6. sheldonk2014 says:

    Very powerful and the images as well
    As always Sheldon

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