The Award


In a night of celebration

I accept this award gratefully,

a testament to years

of hard toil,

emotional turmoil,

but many lives touched

a movement begun

that I hope will linger on.

In accepting this award

I think of all those

who’ve lent a full hand

and even those just

drifting by.

All with an act

or a kind word

have raised me up.

In days to come, I’ll

change hats but let

the legacy remain in

those  whose lives

I have touched.

Pass the baton on.

But most of all

I recognize the divine force

who raised me up

when I had fallen

and like Moses,

I doubted, but I too

saw the burning bush

and my staff was always

at my side,

a reminder of

Life’s great purpose meant to serve.