individual, institutional and inter-system support for the helping professions
"The people I love the best jump into work head first ..." READ MORE
be of use
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half submerged balls.
I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who stand in the line and haul in their places,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.
The work of the world is common as mud.
be of use" by Marge Piercy © 1973, 1982.
We are grateful to Marge Piercy for this gem of a poem that has been a source of inspiration in all our work.
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