The Supreme Benchmark of Love

Why Sandra Day O’Connor’s decision to retire is noteworthy

Judge Sandra Day is on her way
to leave the court behind
O’Connor, whom she dearly loves,
is lost within his mind.

She’s taking time to ease John’s climb
toward Alzheimer’s peak.
It is a slippery scary slope
and she knows he is weak.

She’s laying down her judge’s gown
to claim a walking stick
that she might be the stable force
for one who’s awfully sick.

In Sandra Day I see love’s way
of putting others first.
It dies to self and offers help
to quench another’s thirst.