Volunteerism: A Poem

By Joan C. Dyer

This is a very spe­cial word:
Its actions come straight from the heart.
When some­one needs help, you avail your­self –
You jump in with both feet and start.

For many years, I have vol­un­teered,
Help­ing those who have a need,
And always do the best I can
Until every need is freed.

The most impor­tant thing I’ve found
Is a sat­is­fac­to­ry smile
Both from myself and the recip­i­ent:
We have shown our­selves worth­while.

So don’t for­get to vol­un­teer:
Your heart will build in size.
When we com­plete this activ­i­ty
Vol­un­teerism will be our prize!

Joan C. Dyer is an Arbore­tum sup­port­er. Her poems are often found post­ed in the park­ing lot kiosk.


Summer 2016

Volume 34 , Number 3

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