How much ?

How much love must be showered
on a child, so that their cup will
overflow and spill songs, grace,
charity, courage, love, and all other joy
into the streets of the world?

How do single parents dig a well deep enough
to haul unending buckets to the surface and empty
time and tenderness over their progeny time and time again
during childhoods where emotions break on loved ones
like waves on the beach?

I sit here, watch my son receive an accolade.
Two parents,
Two step-parents,
Two grandparents,
Snapping photos,
Clutching him,
Congratulating him,
Affirming him,
Loving him.
I think about all those kids
whose cups
are drained daily
with too few people
pouring refills.


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