One Job May Change My Life
An Original Poem by Julianne Kuzmanovic
There was only ever one job, one duty, one obligation
That has ever really interested me
One job that has changed the way I see the world, the way I viewed my future
This job may change my life
You may wonder
Just what job in this world truly is the best?
The kind that fills the purse?
Or perhaps the kind that rewards the heart?
For me, it is the latter,
For I would sooner spend my time with others and for others.
Sooner would I want to touch humanity with a purpose
Than to touch and turn my rags to riches.
Now you would question,
Would this job include changing the world
Or changing a few chosen people?
Again, the latter.
I do not want to have the power
Of kings, queens or even presidents
No, no kind of leader at all.
But the job that may change my life
Entails making a change, which,
Although seemingly small and insignificant,
Has more power and inspiration in it
Than any other that comes to mind.
Now you might say,
Get on with it! What is this job,
This job that may change your life?
There are children in the world
Who are destined for great things,
Children who have secret ambitions,
Children who, though disabled
And more difficult to teach,
Have a way to contribute to the world,
Something they want to say to the world,
And need the help and support
To learn how to speak,
To be given the voice,
To be lent an ear.
To be assured they are seen,
To be given the poise,
To be offered the attention.
To learn how to trust,
To be given praise,
To be handed their future.
Children with disabilities are often overlooked
And overlook themselves.
As for me,
I don’t want to leave them behind.
I will teach them
And watch them grow.
From the sprout to the seedling,
From the seedling to the tree,
I will have watched them become
What some may doubt they can become
What they may have doubted they could be.
I wanted my change in the world to be a subtle one in other’s eyes.
Not great to boast or flaunt my worth,
But faint like a star
That may shine from afar
But that still shines on…
This is the job that may change my life…