for Don

The man who underwent death
and lived to tell
told me to be
the mentor he’s seen me be.

Sent to a healer,
he became too sick
to even listen to her,
yet somehow absorbed
enough to return
home, quit his career
and unlearn a lot
that led to his premature
death in the west.

Now he’s offered me
knowing
for knowledge,
love for pain.
He has seen me
as Jesus saw so many
who “only” needed
to believe in order
to walk, stand, speak
and arise
to serve.

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Ed Davis