On May 19th. Drop a Pebble in the Water

Drop a Pebble in the Water
 
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,
     And 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 ere 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 a-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: as published in the bulletin (1911) of the Market Street Church of Christ in Athens, Alabama, United States of America
 
James William Foley was born on 4 February 1874 in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America. He became a newspaperman and a poet, and was a Poet Laureate of North Dakota. He wrote the poem, “Drop a Pebble in the Water,” for his two adolescent sons. James William Foley passed on at 65 years of age on 19 May 1939 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America.

Source:

http://www.makefunoflife.net/moral-conduct/drop-a-pebble-in-the-water-by-james-w-foley

Today, I ran across the poem of James Foley, “Drop A Pebble in the Water.”   Without knowing it, today is Foley’s death anniversary, may God rest his soul. Thank you Sir Foley for this teaching poem.

This poem gave light to me and was one of my favorites in Grade 3.  Before, I did not understand its depth, though I learned a lot from the lesson the poem conveyed about unkind words, cheer and kindness.

At this time, I was thinking of gems, stones and pebbles of different colors.  They’re awesome for decoration, bling, and collection.  Whereas, before, there were only shells and white stones and rocks to throw when you are mad. LOL (joke)

Also,  I know I have to teach myself to read closely again, so I can write.  It’s been a while due to chores and work, other than writing.  I do not regret anything, but at this golden time I have to write again.

Thank you, dear God for this gift of poems and writing.

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