I am an active volunteer. Most of my volunteer work draws me into settings with people who are in some degree of need. Like many who give of their time in these ways, I often feel I receive so much more than I give.  It is authentically hospitable to simply take care of another’s most obvious needs, mindful of the complexities of their unspoken needs.

Haiku is a perfect format for reflecting on my encounters with others in this volunteer work as it too, dances simply with the complex.


Those yearning blue eyes

Memories gone – shards only

SPIRIT – be with her



See with my heart’s eyes

Re-member YOU with a touch

Through, with and in YOU



Gather together

In-dwelling time – faith, hope, trust

Small acts of your love







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