Let me introduce you to a special friend
incredibly compassionate and extremely
selfless, she cares for youths, friends and family
extraordinary benevolence for felines as well.
Lise would drive to a city park for many years
at the same time every night to feed feral cats,
furry felines fed in a park, from food kept in her car,
ready to go, she had kibbles and moist food
available for the fussier kind…just in case…
no person, social worker, counsellor or friend
could be as generous, going beyond her call of duty
even digging in her own modest pockets to help clients in need.
A small tribute to Lise Lafrance, friend, former colleague, brilliant and compassionate person.
© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/05/18
Submitted for Prompt 18, PookyPoetry on Admiration Acrostic
Since last December I have had many class interviews on the phone students about the work I do, working on a youth help line. One question that came out often, just warmed my heart. The fact that these youths were concerned about me! So when I saw this prompt to write a poem and start it with a question, this came to mind.
Don’t you feel sad when you go home at night
listening to unhappy stories about this or that?
Why I guess sometimes I do feel sad alright!
That is really sweet of you to ask me that.
Do you cry sometimes?
Why yes, I may feel a tear
run down my cheek
from time to time.
So how do you feel better?
I think you are wondering
how I practice self-care.
I am very much aware
I need to be mindful
of my feelings as well
or else I would not be capable
working here as long as I’ve been able.
I talk to my supervisor
some of the time
or a counsellor friend,
they always will lend
a good listening ear
so I can continue working
day after day right here.
I walk a lot, write a lot too
I read for distraction
and love comedy shows
like The Big Bank Theory
gets me laughing quite loudly.
There is always a counsellor
or manager available
to allow me to debrief
which is a great relief!
Thank you so very much
for asking and caring such!
© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/05/10
Submittted for: PookyDailyPoetryPrompt # 9 Open with a Question