I hope that one day we can hug again
and not hug because we feel like it,
but hug because we really feel it.
There is an ever-present void in human connection
that plagues our "civilised" Western society.
A void that is crushing us all
as we ache for the touch of another.
I hope we can understand that our world crumbles
when we are forced into isolation.
Yet the Earth screams Her gratitude
She heals Herself at the same time.
I hope we can heal along with Her.
With Her, and those with which we share Her.
I hope that my hope is more than a childish desire.
I hope that my hope is more than a dream.
I hope that my hope is more than a wish.
I hope that more around the world share in my hope,
and we do see the love and empathy continue into the future of our species.
I watched my son playing in front of me, tears streaming down my face as I wrote because I know that I have the duty of raising someone in a world full of corruption and selfishness, and hope he doesn't get polluted by it.
I have hope that he is a part of a newer, kinder generation. A generation of empathy and compassion for the self and others. I pray that the pain ends with us.