inside… by Toni L.A. Cross

will you break through this shell
to seek the gold inside?
will you spill me out
to find the treasure that I hide?
what pain must I endure
to melt into what’s pure?
this essence beneath
so guarded and concealed
this glorious worth
waiting to be revealed

us tiny bits of matter… by Toni L.A. Cross


just now a screaming baby was born

and somebody else died tired and worn

sweaty clothes fell in a passionate heap

and a girl driving in traffic fell asleep

just now a couple fell in love

while an old lady fed crumbs to a dove

a lonely man bought a case of beer

and a widow wiped away another tear

somewhere someone is laughing til it hurts

a tired young mom is ironing shirts

a cashier is totaling up for the day

and a cat is watching her kittens play

many heartbeats pitter-patter

all of us tiny bits of matter