A friend's hand
Alive, yes. Hanging on weakly, brought low too soon.
I sit nearby as he slumbers, singing softly the songs of Zion, from long ago.
Does he hear? I cannot tell, but maybe he does. Would he remember these tunes we sang together as young men, seeking the Divine Presence in the company of other earnest young believers? I cannot know, I can only sing. Awakening, he speaks my name. Yes, I am here.
Soon, I continue with other duties - bearer of pizza and joy to shelter residents, companion to still others.
We are all dying. We all need to take a hand of someone near us. Doesn't matter if you live in a house or a tent, everyone will end up in a scene like this someday. What will matter to you in those final moments?