Altruistic reciprocity
We get back what we give
We give back what we get
It drives all economy

The bread the baker bakes
We buy with 10 minutes of labor
And with 15 minutes of our labor
We feed a homeless family

Words spoken in anger
Destroy the footings of the bridge
The very bridge we have to cross
To bear the rose of love

The sin we cannot forgive
Lies a stone within our own heart
While grace bestowed on another
Heals two hearts’ wounds

A golden sunrise described
To the absent or the blind man
Becomes a painting in the mind
Of the one who cannot see

The falling amber maple leaf
Pictured by the poet in his verse
Tells not of an event in our lives
But of the nature of all loving

All love that is freely given
Ever returns to fill a loving heart
While all love graciously received
Opens to a deeper longing


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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