Time is limited.
What do I do with mine?
What will I leave behind?
Did I cherish or violate the Earth?
What is my special skill?
Am I driving people insane, or am I making them happy?
Am I like Peter who had the gift to see through
other people’s lies and the ability to correct their errors?
Am I like Timothy who enjoyed serving others?
Am I like Luke who had the gift of teaching: the skill to systematically make the message go through?
Or am I the exhorter like Jesus or Paul who desires to see others mature in faith?
Am I like Matthew who was a giver: the silent helper both in the financial and
in the spiritual sense?
Am I like James who had the ability to organize, to see the big picture, and to give everyone those errands they were suitable to perform because of their special skill?
Or am I the holder of mercy and like John do I have the ability to alleviate hurt in others in spite of my fierce character?
What is my inner diamond?
Paula Puolakka is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science.) In March 2019, she was awarded the second prize in Dreamers & MLK poetry contest (NC, USA.) In April 2019, her essays were given credit in the contests held by The Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation and Single Parents Association. In June 2019, her poem was given an honorable mention by Tiny Spoon Literary Magazine. Puolakka’s latest work can be found through Former People’s blog and later in August through Voice of Eve #18. On October 30, her work will also be displayed through The Voice’s Project. This summer Puolakka is the remote participant of Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry’s “Summer Poetry Challenge.”