Monday, 7 November 2011

Poems: A Smile As Small As Mine



Sometimes I doubt my ability to do my job as well as I’d like to. I often feel helpless when confronted by seriously ill people who are experiencing suffering or distress and wonder how someone like me could be expected to be able to make a difference. I love this poem by Emily Dickinson. For a recluse she knew a lot about human nature and I think she's right, keeping your head just in sight can be a good policy. You never know when someone will need you, however faint your smile.
They might not need me; but they might.
I'll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity
Emily Dickinson

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