I knew a man once

who greeted everyone saying,
“I’m glad you’re here.”


His firm handshake

and the look in his eyes,

confirmed it was true,

made it clear.


Every time I saw him,

his greeting carried me

through the rest of the day.

And in those times I felt I didn’t belong,

it made me want to stay.  


So many of us secretly wonder,

if anyone sees,

if anyone notices,

if anyone cares,

what if we told them,

“I’m glad you’re here.”

and left no question

hanging in the air?