Dear Hearts and Gentle People

“Dear hearts and gentle people”
A note found on the path.
I pick it up and hold it close
And wonder.

The one who wrote: what more would he have said
If time was on his side and he were not now dead?
I  wonder.

The hearts to whom he spoke,
Gentle, so he said. Perhaps his mother? Sisters?
Or imagined caring friends?

I wonder.

The title of the poem is from a note written on a scrap of paper and found in Stephen Foster’s wallet at the time of his death in 1864.



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