Must Go Shopping
One of these days I must go shopping.
I am completely out of generosity, and I must get some more.
I also want to exchange the self-satisfaction I picked up
the other day for some reality, which they say wears better.
And I must look at some tolerance, which I hope will be
worn as a wrap this season.
And the examples of kindness I saw; well I am a little low
on that, and one can never have too much of it.
And by the way, I must try to match some of the patience
I saw on a friend the other day. It looked very becoming
on her, and I think it might look equally well on me.
And while I'm shopping, I will try on that little garment
of perfect charity,
And I must remember to get my sense of humor mended,
And keep my eyes open for some inexpensive goodness.
It's surprising how quickly one's stock of goods is depleted.
Yes! I must go shopping.
(Sea Breeze, The Magazine of Eventide Home, Sandgate North,
Queensland, Australia, 1983)