A way to say
"I care." "I'm grateful." "I like you."
With or without Schmaltz
as desired.

A Beverly Hills Mom's social kiss,
Han Solo's "I know,"
"Here's looking at you kid,"
the Turkish officer's long slow scan of Lawrence.

All I can say
to share
the fragile glow of "He might just be the one"
or "That music ... Did you hear that music?"
"Oh, I read it *right*, I could *feel* it!"

rejoicing in the First Sold Story
comforting for the First Harsh Rejection
congratulations for a Good Shot
or assurance that They're All Idiots

All I can say
to a mother who lives with bone-deep grinding pain
a sister facing inevitable death
a friend sitting silent beside a child's coffin


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