If you could know the empty ache of loneliness,
        Masked well behind the calm indifferent face
Of us who pass you by in studied hurriedness,
            Intent upon our way, lest in the little space
Of one forgetful moment hungry eyes implore
            You to be kind, to open up your heart a little more,
I’m sure you’d smile a little kindlier, sometimes,
            To those of us you’ve never seen before.

If you could know the eagerness we’d grasp
            The hand you’d give to us in friendliness;
What vast, potential friendship in that clasp
            We’d press, and love you for your gentleness;
If you could know the wide, wide reach
            Of love that simple friendliness could teach,
I’m sure you’d say “Hello, my friend,” sometimes,
            And now and then extend a hand in friendliness to each.


This poem is in the public domain.