Pain has no religion.

Poverty has no nation.

Disaster has no country.


All colors of eyes have tears.

All colors of skin feel pain.

All colors of people feel sorrow.


Every human has dreams.

Every human has hopes.

Every human has needs.


All people hunger and thirst.

All people dream and hope.

All people yearn for love.


Every creature is our brother.

Every creature is our sister.

Every creature needs others.


We are all together

in this small lonely

place called Earth.




Author’s Note: (First published in Word Catalyst Magazine).




James G. Piatt, a retired professor and octogenarian, has published three collections of poetry: The Silent Pond (2012), Ancient Rhythms (2014), and Light (2016); four novels: The Ideal Society (2012), The Monk (2013), The Nostradamus Conspiracy (2015), and Archibald McDougle PI: An Archie McDougle Mystery (2017); over 1,035 poems, and thirty-five short stories. His poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Web awards. His fifth and sixth novel and fourth collection of poetry are scheduled for release in 2018. He earned his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, and his doctorate from BYU.