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5535. daniel said in January 13th, 2011

A friend in Malaysia sent me a poem today titled “Ripples”, so will include it here 🙂
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> DROP A PEBBLE IN THE WATER
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> Drop a pebble in the water:
> just a splash, and it is gone;
> But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
> circling on and on and on,
> Spreading, spreading from the center,
> flowing on out to the sea.
> And there is no way of telling
> where the end is going to be.
>
> Drop a pebble in the water:
> in a minute you forget,
> But there’s little waves a-flowing,
> and there’s ripples circling yet,
> And those little waves a-flowing
> to a great big wave have grown;
> You’ve disturbed a mighty river
> just by dropping in a stone.
>
> Drop an unkind word, or careless:
> in a minute it is gone;
> But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
> circling on and on and on.
> They keep spreading, spreading, spreading
> from the center as they go,
> there is no way to stop them,
> once you’ve started them to flow.
>
> Drop an unkind word, or careless:
> in a minute you forget;
> But there’s little waves a-flowing,
> and there’s ripples circling yet,
> And perhaps in some sad heart
> a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred,
> And disturbed a life was happy
> where you dropped that unkind word.
>
> Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
> just a flash and it is gone;
> But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
> circling on and on and on,
> Bearing hope and joy and comfort
> on each splashing, dashing wave
> Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
> of the one kind word you gave.
>
> Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
> in a minute you forget;
> But there’s gladness still a-swelling,
> and there’s joy circling yet,
> And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort
> whose sweet music can be heard
> Over miles and miles of water
> just by dropping one kind word!
>
> ~By James W. Foley~

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