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Drop A Pebble In The Water

(As I was growing up I remember reading a book of poems my Mother owned, The Best Loved Poems of the American People. I never forgot the following poem as it was one of my favorites. The ripples in Oak Creek  made me think of it recently.)

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 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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8 responses

  1. Such a lovely poem and a lovely photograph to illustrate it! Here’s wishing you ripples of love and sunny days!

    April 17, 2011 at 8:02 AM

  2. cathii

    I love that – it’s so true! Love and miss you! xxoo

    April 17, 2011 at 8:35 AM

  3. This is really nice, Trace. I guess we make all kinds of ripples and don’t even realize it. xxoo

    April 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

  4. Wonderful poem and photo!

    April 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM

  5. nice…love making those ripples…hope you get your wish…nice verse and nice capture too!

    April 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

  6. Nancy

    I love how moments in life bring memories. This is a wonderful memory of words well written. 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

  7. Bad news travels fast!
    Real fast!

    April 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

  8. just what i needed to read tracy….just what i needed to read….xoxox

    April 20, 2011 at 9:33 PM