Mother Teresa of Calcutta

You heard the call within a call
then left behind a life of ease
to tend to those about to fall
toward destitution and disease,

compassion, faith, enduring hope
your armaments in that good fight,
empowering the weak to cope
and blinded eyes to know the light

while struggling along your way
to meet the madness of the day
and know the godliness you taught
when night would leave the soul distraught.

Awards and sainthood frame your name.
How you achieved enduring fame:
though kindness, caring, meeting needs.
May we learn more from all your deeds.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: January 16, 2021