I have become interested again in writing poetry because I am part of a poetry group of adults who are not disabled. We are called Mulberry Poets. I have felt welcomed and valued there and I feel so glad for that. I know how hard it is for people who have disabilities to be noticed for who they are and not what they have. For today, I want to send some hope into our world and I think this poem was inspired for that reason.
To Change the World
It doesn’t take much talent to bring joy
It doesn’t take much joy to change hearts
It doesn’t take much effort to change someones day
It doesn’t take, but gives
to offer a smile
a kind word
to notice someone who needs a hug
It doesn’t take much to hear the birds song
the flower blooming
the children laughing.
It doesn’t take much to pet a dog
to offer a cup of tea
to listen to someone’s story
It doesn’t take much to change someone’s day
It only takes our willing hearts and awareness to respond
Look, see, hear, feel
It’s all we have to do in this moment,
and the next
and the next…..
May 2, 2011