without love we would be hopeless losers,
feeling betrayed by our bodies,
victims of bureaucrats and systems
that we cannot control or understand.
With love we can survive,
hold hands, kiss and hug, share what joys we have
from conversation, music, clouds, and learning
from questions that arise from many places
which we encounter with our desire to know,
our curiosity a pleasure that we share.
Love we can exchange and each be winners
since the more we give the more we have
but still we have to cope with those few people
who feel that we are doing wrong.
Luckily, their numbers are decreasing,
and the few remaining are just the rearguard
of a religious bigotry whose day is done.