The worst thing in life is feeling that you've disappeared;
This is how children feel when they are seldom cheered.
This is also how parents feel when left alone at home,
And there are no other adults available, not even by phone.
This is how breadwinners feel when, after a day spent at work,
There is nobody with whom to clear away the outside world's dirt.
This afflicts the old and infirm when we never ask them to assist us,
Or to join us in celebrating the events over which we make a fuss.
Some simply give up defining what they want and what they need;
Others will join packs to fill the voids that make their hearts bleed.
If only we were wise enough to set the proper priorities,
Perhaps we could save the world by cherishing those in our own families.