The Advocate

This was written by a Mercedes Lawry, a former communications director for National CASA. While it’s been a while since we’ve dusted off this poem, it is still relevant, touching and aptly describes the work of our advocates.

This is not about

rescue, so as to feel good

when the child lights up with a smile.

This is not about

the comfort of compassion.

This is hard work,

struggling with ripped families

and children in clouds of pain,

anger dancing around in their hearts

in the turmoil of a world

made crazy. This is caring,

yes, but also what is just,

what should be demanded.

It takes love

and a certain measure of courage.

And in the simple act

of person helping person,

It becomes extraordinary.