*This poem is based on a real life experience I had some time ago. Please see my narrative post that coincides in “Sunday Seeds” category at: sporterhall.wordpress.com. Enjoy!
As he climbed his ladder, to hedges high,
I could only stare as I drove by.
A daunting task, for him ahead,
How would he finish? I secretly pled.
A job not envied by anyone,
performed under the heat of the hot scorching sun.
When I saw the sweat drip from his chest,
I privately prayed, that he’d soon rest.
How could anyone drive by, and witness his thirst?
To turn a blind eye, simply the worst.
I swallowed hard, as I felt his pain,
no moisture in sight, no chance of rain.
I vowed to return with refreshing libation,
as I sat in the midst of the church congregation.
When I came back, he was still there,
immersed in his work, of me, unaware.
I brought him drink of water and ice,
of which he thought was astoundingly nice.
He couldn’t believe that I had been so kind,
the kindness of a stranger, so rare to find.
By Sylvia Porter-Hall