We live on this planet 
wondering who we are 
beyond our griefs & sorrows, 
hunger, struggle & war. 

Our cares won’t even dent 
the earth with their churning. 
We can’t feel earth tipping 
or cosmically turning, 

Our real bed is far 
from this city’s cold street 
& yet so near, so hard 
under our spines & feet. 

Claire J. Baker is a dedicated poet and a self-appointed peace activist.