Suppose you scrub your ethical skin until it shines,
but inside there is no music,
then what?


Suppose you cried a thousand years for a child who died
when she drank bad water.

Suppose you organized a great movement
to clean the water.

Suppose you carried the first filled glass
to the child's sister.

Suppose you lifted it to her lips.

Suppose you watched her dive into the glass,
splash, and swim on.

About the Author

  • The Rev. Stephen Shick is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson. He also served our congregations in Haverhill, MA and Portland, ME. Nationally he served our faith as the founding Director of UU Peace Network and Director of the UU Service Committee...

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