Sunday, April 2, 2017

Those Who Can Help Those Who Need It Most

April 3, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is professions.

Today’s poem is a number poem to a therapist about balancing the desire to serve others with the need to serve oneself.

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Nick Gordon

Those who can help those who need it most,
Having both the expertise and heart,
Intending both to profit and to give,
Retaining self enough amply to live,
Tough enough to play a tender part,
Yet understand the perils of the post.
One is in this life neither guest nor host,
Nor is one's empathy imperative.
Each must give with love and care and art.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Professions
April 3: Those Who Can Help Those Who Need It Most

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