I wonder

I wonder what would happen
if I treated everyone
like I was in love with them,

whether I like them or not
and whether they respond or not
and no matter what they say or do to me

and even if I see things in them
which are ugly twisted petty cruel
vain deceitful indifferent,

just accept all that and turn my attention
to some small weak tender hidden part
and keep my eyes on that

until it shines like a beam of light
like a bonfire I can warm my hands by
and trust it to burn away all the waste
which is not (never was) my business to meddle with.

– by Derek Tasker