Who would dare? A 12-year-old’s poem for Pope Francis

Isabelle Ann P. Isip

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Who would dare? A 12-year-old’s poem for Pope Francis
Pope Francis inspires a girl to write a poem that she hopes can reach him

Dear Pope Francis,

I don’t know if this will reach you but I am from Manila, Philippines. I just turned 12 last December 2. I am so excited and happy about your coming visit to the Philippines in January. My whole family will hear your mass at the Rizal Park on January 18.

I have made a poem specially for you and for all the work you have done. You are an inspiration to me and I, too, hope that someday I can also move and change hearts and lives like you do. I love you so much!


Who Would Dare?

Who would dare to provide for the poor?
Surely not one lavishing in grandeur
Who would dare to walk among the masses?
Surely not those with elegant glasses

Who would dare to reach out?
To offer something rather than a pout
Who would dare to respect others?
To offer something to even their weeping mothers.

Perhaps no one will
And soon life will be still
Taking its last breaths
And meeting its frightful death.

But there are people who will guide you,
Offer a helping hand no matter what your milieu,
Get down on their knees and pray
“For you,” they say,
“Are my prayers today.”

These people hold up the world
With a flag unfurled.
These are the people who dare
To stand and make a change. – Rappler.com

Isabelle Ann P. Isip wrote Rappler using her mother’s email to submit her note and poem for Pope Francis.

Pope Francis photo via Shutterstock

Follow Rappler’s coverage of the papal visit here.

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