Send me to the sad, the angry, the slow talkers, and the hard to understand,
I will listen.
Send me to the jittery, the hard to look at, the ill, and the unwashed,
I will hold them.
Send me to the wounded, the scary, the ones "talking crazy," and the "psychotic,"
I will look them in the eyes.
Send me to the complicated, the too much to handle, the stressed, and the overwhelmed,
I will help them get something done.
Send me to the inconsolable, the volatile, the violent, and the wasted,
I'll take them for a walk and give them a cigarette,
Send me to the guilty, the regretful, the ashamed, and the ones who have caused harm,
I will offer accountability and forgiveness.
Send me to the breathless,
I will breathe for them
I have seen and grieved the lifeless,
Now I will live for them.
Kim is a Peer Support Specialist working at Haywood Street Respite.