“The Ripple Effect”

St. Gabriel the Archangel
St. Louis County, Missouri

I am only one.                                                                    

                                                                           But you are not alone.

But I am so small and the world is so big.                         

                                                                           And frightening.

What if I fall?                                                                     

                                                                           Maybe we all fall,
                                                                           like pebbles in the pond.

And sink to the bottom?                                                   

                                                                           Before we sink, we create ripples.         
                                                                           And our ripples meet, overlapping.

Making waves?                                                                  

                                                                           Yes, these waves affect the whole pond.

And everyone else’s ripples?                                            

                                                                           Each one in a different, unique way.

. . .

                                                                           We are each only one pebble.

But our ripples can affect the whole pond.                       

                                                                           And everyone else’s ripples.

So I may only be one person?                                           

                                                                           You may only be one person.

But my ripples can affect the world.

                                                                           And everyone else’s ripples.