If I hurl the half-empty bottle into the sink,
have I nourished?
If I admonish through clenched teeth and growl,
have I taught?
If I bristle and attack as a defense,
have I understood?
If I sigh and huff, and bemoan through the house,
have a done my work well?
If resentment and bitterness ooze from my flesh,
have I been a blessing?
If disdain and self-righteousness reside in my heart,
have I loved?
If I cook and clean and wipe and wash,
prepare and present and set and serve,
freshen and fold and drive and deliver,
but have no love,
have I done anything?