(current bidding for the Story Stick mention in this poem is now at $500. Bidding ends, Thursday, noon, Dec. 19th. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to bid. Thank you!)
Stuck by Deb Grant
when the needs and
or the comfort food
or the coffee
or the patience
or the body of flesh.
in disasters big
I was going to say small
but no disaster is small
when it happens to you.
Allow me to write
you a prescription.
You can tear it up if you like.
It may hit you as
just another refrigerator-magnet philosophy
that tries to reduce your
problems to a stocking gift.
It is not original to me.
Arthur Ashe said it first, I am told.
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
Last Sunday I visited
a community that had
by scam real estate developers
who left many with no paved roads or
reliable plumbing or safe houses.
They were hit
by storms with flooding,
by waves of cruel trash words,
leveled at their children,
by walls of wealthy church people
a ditch and a railroad track away
holding in their fear of the
The community that night
laughed at times
and looked sad at times
and watched after their children
and offered me a place to sit
in their midst and
offered me food.
Their needs were great....
and yet, they were less stuck in that moment
than I was to know
how to respond to their disaster,
to my disaster of knowing their needs
outweighed my wisdom or my body of flesh.
So I start where I am.
I use what I have.
I do what I can.
Yesterday I made this "Story Stick."
It's two feet tall and 3" wide and hangs on a nail on a wall.
Bigger than a refrigerator magnet,
but disasters tend to require a bigger stick.
Make me an offer for the stick,
I will take the highest offer
and send the stick to you
and the money to the community the needs it.
Or make your own Story Stick....
Or donate to your own charity...
Or volunteer an hour or two...
Start where YOU are.
Use what YOU have.
Do what YOU can.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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