Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Of Stars And Servants - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

The stars shine in the nights
and on the stage, they sparkle
with much elegance and might.
They are idolized, iconized,
and spectators get infected
by this great fever as the stars
sparkle and shine.

While from below the ground
the servants lay their lives
in the remotest mountains,
slums, villages and valleys
where human needs are attended,
love and compassion, extended-
not seeking the grandeur
to sparkle and shine on the great stage
but willing to lose themselves-
excluded, secluded, persecuted.

The stars shine in elegance
for themselves
The servants lose themselves
to serve.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Remembering Mother Theresa and other human saints who give their lives to help the lives of others.

Comments about Of Stars And Servants by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/2/2012 1:53:00 PM)

    Thanks for responding, Avik. May I ask, where does God's act of discriminating lie? Just asking. Or are you saying there is discrimination in identifying the difference between stars and servants? (Report)Reply

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  • Avik Datta Gupta (9/26/2012 2:40:00 PM)

    The biggest irony of life..sometimes I wonder why even God discriminates..great thoughts..well penned (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012



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