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The helper

The little child
Her parents devout
Daily mass 
And rosary
———
Daily prayer
For vocations
———–
I’ll be a nun
She decides
————
I will be
Be God’s servant
———–
Now a nun
She sees the poor
———–
Every day
Passing by
———–
She cannot help
 No money
———-
She has 
Only prayer
————
It’s raining
———-
The poor 
On the footpath 
She passes
On the way 
To church
———–
She has no money 
She can’t 
Do anything 
Except pray 
———–
Some people
From the temple
————
They come
With
Tarpaulin sheds
Bedding clothes
Food 
Money
———–
They give the women 
Jobs as maids
————
The men 
Work
In their factories
————
The children
In government school
————-
They build their life
————
She doesn’t 
Do anything
She doesn’t have 
Anything  to give
Except prayer
————
That man suffering
With an unknown ailment
————
She can’t do
Anything for him
She has
Nothing to give
Except prayer 
————
Two days later
She is off to church
That procession
The men chanting
That man’s brother
Carrying one post
On his shoulder
———–
She can’t  give 
Anything 
Except prayer
————
That beggar
Beside
The road
One eye blinded
Old
————
The passers by
Throwing him 
A coin or two
————
She has no money
She can’t give
Except prayer
———-
The next day
Her lunch in her hand
In a paper packet
She goes
———-
To that
One eyed beggar
———–
Talks to him
He tells his story 
How he lost his bread
When the famine came
His fields mortgaged
His family hungry
———-
They found work
Daily labourers
————
He came
To the city
Not wanting to
Be a burden 
On them
———-
She shares his story
And her bread
And now
She has given
And received
His blessings 
———-

By Jyothsna DSouza

I’m at home
With my children
With plenty of time
To read, teach, and muse

I believe if you have
The capacity
To do good
And others
They confirm
It is good
If it’s important
For many,
Not one
One must persist
To the end,
Till all one’s
Resources
Are exhausted

Man lives on hope

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