For those of you who are unfamiliar with persona poems–as I was a couple of weeks ago– a persona poem is an attempt to tell a story or paint a landscape through the eyes of another person. The poet must lay aside their own biases and even voice in order to effectively do justice to the person they are attempting to essentially be. I chose to write about Mother Teresa to write about because I’ve always admired her ability to see the power in ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. We can learn a lot from her story.
Mother Teresa 1946
The streets of Calcutta perturb me.
Ditches, slums, and waste.
The busyness and disquiet
muffle the sounds of the poor and sick.
I see big dark eyes searching for light in dark alleyways.
The hungry cries of malnourished little ones pierce the air.
The noise reaches deaf ears.
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely
and the unwanted.
They too, deserve our love.
I received a call from God.
Now I live with the poor, as a ghost, blending perfectly in. Alongside them,
in a position of authority I work like
My only adornment is a blue-bordered sari.
Attention is not what I seek.
I consider myself a little pencil in His hand.
I am an artist. Drawing His picture.
I believe in doing small things with great love,
In helping one, rather than none.
Long ago I turned my back to worldly pleasures.
I turn my eyes upward to
my Creator and it was then
that he opened my eyes to what He sees.
The world is my canvas.
Revised on March 13, 2014