Great day after reading my poem ” Volunteer” to Eastbourne Mayor , MP (on far left), politicians, counsellors & Helen Burton (Founder 2nd left) ) who formerly opened Eastbourne Volunteers in front of an unexpected crowd of about 60 odd people!
My poem went down very well with the crowd, (the M P, Caroline Ansell who spoke after me reading my poem, repeated part of the final line “life blood throb” and said “how do I follow that!!!??? ), so all good stuff!
Of course I mentioned Help for Heroes and my collecting for the charity, so good publicity for them and myself, (I sneaked in a quick resume of my poetry, books etc before reading the poem) and got a lot of compliments and interest afterwards, also selling some books too!
My poem Volunteer…
It is often said that a volunteer
Is worth more than ten pressed men,
Of course now that includes women
But wasn’t always a factor then.
Now women have an equal say
So can make more decisions too,
About the challenges of life
And what you want to do.
One meaning of a volunteer
Is about someone freely choosing,
To help out, or give their time
Instead of just idly cruising,
Without an idea or plan
Of what you want to achieve.
So being around helping others
Your pattern you can weave.
For volunteers gain experience
Like the requirements of the world,
And business skills and attitudes
That need to be unfurled,
Dealing with different people
Will always give you thrills,
And trying different challenges
Is sure to teach new skills.
So don’t dither about wondering
How to get that special job,
For learning things as a volunteer
Will make your life blood throb!