The poem below was written by a Windhorse Team Leader in honor of the growth and change witnessed in relationship with a client over many seasons of working together on basic attendance shifts.
My mind is calm and free from doubt.
Her cat has died, my friend is sad.
The garbage smells – I take it out.
Let’s make cookies and hangout.
Spring has come, my friend is glad –
Though her mind still has its doubts.
Conversations peter out.
Summer blazes, she gets mad:
The garbage stinks – let’s take it out!
Autumn bursts forth like a shout.
We both say nature’s pretty rad –
It frees our minds from fear and doubt.
“Hello my friend, shall I help out?”
“Sit down, sit down – I’ll be right back.”
The garbage smells – she takes it out.
Winter’s clear-eyed as a scout.
Snow melt trickles, my friend laughs:
“When mind is calm it’s free from doubt.
When garbage smells, you take it out.”
Jeremy Ellis is a Team Leader & Assistant Team Leader at Windhorse Community Services. He began his journey at WCS as a housemate in 2015. He enjoys a variety of contemplative and creative practices and is currently obsessed with his new instant pot.