All They Need

Rachel Gunning

her arms reaching out and
           around      someone
         in                           need
            of                     love,
giving them a sense of home when
they are used to being
they stare at her with eyes full of fear
fear of the unknown
fear of the forgotten
fear of the future

she does not fill their heads
with words of sympathy
for their ears were tired of hearing
“They look down on you from above”
their hearts stopped believing
until they met her

now they stare with wide eyes full of hope
hope for the unknown
hope for the forgotten
hope for the future

giving them everything
asking for nothing in return
learning what most people desire
doing what most people don’t