Gather me

Fundamentally
mammalian

(our true family values)

we evolved
with the
evolution of
relationships among us

nurture
is in our code

social awareness
concern
action

in our code

Some may wish us
to become
more
reptilian
only
individual
on our own
each for
only
self

willing to eat
each other's
young

But
touch me

I do not cool
when sun is down

but burn
with my own heat
through the night
which separates me
from all but
my love

I have no need for
basking

whatever
gathers us
will grow

Ann-Patrice Hickey