Our parents read these words

Our grandparents read these words

And the generations that came before

Names, faces, places, hearts, minds, souls, whose names we do not know

but who somehow dreamed that we might one day read these words too

We are not the first, we are not the last,

We are not the greatest, we are not the least

We are but fellow readers, fellow meaning seekers,

Fellow strugglers, fellow skeptics, fellow dreamers

Did they find meaning? Can we find meaning?

Did they find comfort? Can we find comfort?

Did they find inspiration? Can we?

Did they have faith? Do we?

We read these words

Our children will read these words

And our children’s children, God willing, will read these words

Whether our reading has any value, any merit, any worth,

only we can determine.

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