Winning him over
The first day
We showed him the world we had created.
Eager for him to join,
We overwhelmed him with a tidal wave
Of stories, emotions, what made us laugh,
Everything we had learned.
There was a wall behind his eyes.
He watched us but did not understand.
We were sure we’d messed up.
Insulted him somehow.
Or maybe he didn’t like who he saw.
That night, we talked it over.
His worried face in our minds grew clear.
What we had taken for judgment was fear.
He was the one who hadn’t been included
Who felt like he didn’t belong.
He was left out
And we hadn’t read it right.
The next chance we got
We treated him with more care
Curated his responses
And were rewarded
With uncommon warmth and gentleness.
Into a sage glow
And told us of his life, fears, loves.
Such is the difference
Belonging can make.