26.       THE BUDDHIST

In memory of all the mental health volunteers
I use this little Asian volunteer
Who sometimes comes cheaply
To those who are poor.
He uses bamboo and waste
To generate sustainable wealth
For those mentally disabled in need.
His income is foreign
To those he shares it with.
But still his will is great
To put drive in to those who lost it.
It is not easy to work together
With others who share your ideals
As they move on their own will and pace
From a different past.
Yet he will hold on
Like my own son
And together we have fun
While helping others,
Like and unlike us.

1/12/2003