we thought
once
that we could fix the world,
that it would be better by our being here,
and perhaps our children
or their children
would no longer need to be social workers
peace-makers
healers of the wilderness
changers of the world.

we know better now.

the impossibility of what we are doing
does not go unnoticed by us
or you.

the wilderness takes all before it
the desert just seems to grow.

speak to us, god, with a story of love that reaches beyond success
give us a taste, fresh, of the water that transforms deserts,
that brings life to the barren

so that we will remember
why this matters
and how it happens…