I LOVE PEOPLE
to see how
People who I’ve known for years
suddenly seem, well…
I appreciate people now.
I can see this outrageous light
blaring out of
and I know that
I am seeing myself.
(© Stuart Vance, 1- 15- 1980)
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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A LOVE LETTER TO HUMAN IMPERFECTION
Hey Stu- me too!!
I LOVE PEOPLE too.
Can’t help myself!
They are so small and fragile,
can be so petty and myopic-
but human frailty in all its glorious diversity
is a thing of breathtaking beauty.
I love smart people
and people who think they’re smart, but are mistaken.
I love simple people, scheming Svengalis, sillyheads.
I love the happy lovers and the sad haters.
(They need it more.)
I love truth-tellers, and chronic liars.
I love the emaciated anorexics and bloated gluttons,
surly teenagers with pimples,
playful children and homeless hobos.
I love all those fat people I see buying things they don’t need,
skinny people not buying food they do need
I love all the beautiful people who are convinced they aren’t.
I love creative types and the clueless blockheads who inspire them.
I love treehuggers and Earth-Firsters.
I love Republicans! (But am loath to say so publicly.)
I love cigarette smokers and people who wear too much perfume…
(From a distance- upwind!)
I love the soiled saints and sacred sinners I see
strutting safely behind mirrored masks.
I love all my brethren living their lives behind bars.
I love the bullied children and the bullies,
the exalted celebrities and the invisible laborers.
I love the innocent and the guilty.
We’re all guilty sometimes
I love remembering!
(4- 29- 12)