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Mark R. Elias


I Will Know of Grace


Let me look upon a face
All wonder still, all young and fresh.
A face untouched by fear or pain,
Still smooth and of the softest flesh,
Still at its most humane.
Let me look upon that face
And I will know of grace.

Let me look upon a face
Exposed too soon to cruel fate.
A face with yet the mask to cope
With human greed and human hate
But still the skin to hope.
Let me look upon that face
And I will know of grace.

Let me look upon a face
Time-carved into a hardened rock.
A face harsh weather failed to break
Despite relentless thrash and shock
Some withered lump to make.
Let me look upon that face
And I will know of grace.

Let me look upon a face
Too gentle for a public's eyes.
A face with skin so weak it tears
In even the most soft disguise.
A face with unique cares.
Let me look upon that face
And I will know of grace.

And let me look upon a face
All wrinkly from a wealth of smiles.
A face of honest human care
Despite a life of strife and trials.
A face few get to wear.
Let me look upon that face
And I will know of grace.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Topic of this poem: empathy


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