Poems for Volunteerism

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Volunteerism.

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Title Author
Volunteers Unknown
I'll Show You A Volunteer Foley
Brave Volunteers Ralph Allen
You Never Know Helen Marshall
   
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Volunteers
--Author Unknown

Many will be shocked to find,
When the day of judgment nears,
That there's a special place in Heaven,
Set aside for volunteers.

Furnished with big recliners,
Satin couches and footstools,
Where there are no committee chairmen,
No yard sales or rest area coffee to serve,
No library duty or bulletin assembly,
There will be nothing to print or staple,
Not one thing to fold or mail,
Telephone lists will be outlawed.
But a finger snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners
And rare treats fit for a king.

You ask, "Who'll serve these privileged
And work for all they're worth?"
Why, all those who reaped the benefits,
And not once volunteered on Earth.

I'll Show You A Volunteer
Poem by Foley

Show me a person who spends endless hours in training without pay,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person where a cry for help brings split-second dispatch,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who is devastated when lives are lost or maimed,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who is graciously welcomed as a next-door neighbor,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who takes ridicule more than compliments,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person whose car is garaged with the grille facing out,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who sacrifices homelife, TV... even tender moments,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person visibly moved at the strains of our National Anthem,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who may be asked to give more than just dedication,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who is asked to give more... and more... and more,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Brave Volunteers
Ralph Allen

Scared, Cold, in pain,
the dust hasn't settled yet.
Pinned in, crying,
my clothes are ripped, red, and wet.
Lights, noise, and confusion,
all part of the night.
I'm going to die alone,
give up the fight.

Red lights are flashing,
mixing with blue.
A face appears at my window,
the face is you.
"You're gonna be all right"
is the first thing you say.
A reassuring voice,
someone wants me to stay.

You could have been home with family,
they need you too.
You worked all day at the job,
your sleeping hours numbered two.
But you went down the hall,
hoping your family is OK.
Now you're here with me and Death,
with comforting words to say.

No time for yourself,
no thought for your safety.
Later you may think,
your decision was hasty.
"Get the Jaws. Watch that gas;
Keep the people away.
Get his vitals, hose this down."
Some things I hear them say.

You stand in gas,
look in my window,
show no fear.
I look back at you knowing,
your voice is the last I'll ever hear.
I fade away as you hold me,
while holding back your tears.
Thank you for being there,
You Brave Volunteers.

Youy Never Know
By Helen L. Marshall

You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you
You never know when a little word
Or something you may do
May open up the windows
Of a mind that seals a light
The way you love, may not matter at all
But you never know it might.

And just in case it could be
That another's life, through you
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader and brighter view
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right

Of course it many not matter at all,
But then again…it might