Thoughts About Service

This Sunday I will walk in the Komen Race for the Cure (of breast cancer). I have walked in this race every year since 2013. This work along with other things that I participate in reflect my growing attitude of service towards others. The poem below from my first chapbook speaks to that attitude:

Thoughts About Service

now that i am free

now that i am strong

i think about service

and i advise myself to

pour a cup of water for the thirsty

cut a slice of bread for the hungry

speak words of courage to the intimidated spread a cover over the bed of the weary shield the orphan from the reprehensible protect the widow from thieves and robbers

visit the hospitalized ill in their sickness

for the forgotten hold vigils of remembrance

for the abandoned help find a home