Why we raise our hands

Why volunteer?

Some of us raise our hands

Because we believe in a cause,

Having stumbled across something noble

We decide, despite the odds,

To throw ourselves into it

Headlong.

Others of us raise our hands

Because the alternatives

Are so hard to sit with,

So hard to reconcile,

So hard to untangle the knots

They form in our stomach.

Sometimes we raise our hands

To try and ‘save the world’

And other times

We raise our hands

Seeking to be saved

From it.

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