Out of the echoes and into the void
Where we’re alone and may well be destroyed
Or at the least, then, a little annoyed.
Opening mind and perhaps even heart
Makes us all wiser than at our own start
Even our prejudice may fall apart.
Close up the window that shows a blank wall
Keeps us most ignorant, selfish and small
Hands and eyes open, watch our own fears fall.
All these connections, if real ones, can make
More of us rather than less if we take
Chances and try hard to remain awake.
Natural tendencies to weave a nest
Out of those like us will not serve us best
Though it’s much easier to self-invest.
Open mind, open heart, eyes and hands, too,
Open the world to us, widen our view
Change us, arrange us, maybe make us new.