And Joy Will Find Her…

For my big sister Nancy Polis Casey on her retirement after 41 years of work as a physical therapist

When she no longer has to go to work
she won’t sleep in or stay up late.

When she no longer has to go to work
she’ll get calls asking her to share what she knows.
Her help will continue to make a difference
to those whose healing depends
on her teaching and encouragement.

When she no longer has to go to work
she’ll play with grandchildren when a daughter needs a nap
and she just happens to have an empty lap to fill.
She’ll cook a meal when a friend cannot manage it,
knowing when life overwhelms
with pain or sadness, even small acts of kindness
rescue the heart and restore hope.

When she no longer has to go to work
she will not sketch flowers on white plates
or paint landscapes in watercolor,
but instead will get dirty and grow blooms herself
to take to those who need fragrant beauty
instead of a picture on the wall.
She will trellis tomatoes
simply to share a thick slice of rich flavor
when someone is hungry and needs to be filled.

When she no longer has to go to work
she will find more than plenty to do
because there is so much yet to be done.

Even when she no longer has to go to work
Life will come and find her ready

And she will know joy.

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