|Award Winning Poet|
"Community binds us and expects things from us:
to volunteer, to lead, to serve to raise funds,
to be firemen, jurors, school board members, city council folk.
Community nurtures us,
through teachers, neighbors, grandmothers.
Educates our children and gathers us into zip codes, hometowns, teams."
"Not just place, but purpose.
It isn't free. This belonging comes with a price.
It demands that we participate. It makes us who we are.
Gives us our identity.
By Nancy Rehkugler