Treasure Island

David Harris

(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

A Few Minutes To Spare


Sometimes when I am out
someone will stop and talk to me
hoping I can spare
a few minutes of my time.
They tell me their life story,
how long they were married,
where they were wed,
how many children that they have
and where they are all gone,
mainly to different countries
so very far away.
You know by that
they are lonely
with no one to pass the time of day
except to talk to strangers
hoping they can spare a few minutes
of their time to talk to someone lonely
within their busy day.
It does not cost any money
to listen once and a while
to a lonely stranger
who needs to feel someone cares.
I stop whenever I can
because I would like to think
someone would do it for me
if I were in the same position.

10 October 2009

Author’s note:
This poem was inspired by and elderly lady I took the time to talk to while I was in Stratford earlier this year. I spared her those few minutes and cheered her up a bit.

Submitted: Friday, October 09, 2009
Edited: Saturday, February 12, 2011

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  • Alison Cassidy (1/2/2010 12:55:00 AM)

    You are obviously a good listener, David, and there are precious few of those left on the planet. Listening does more than providing contact to the lonely. It can provide an emotional mirror to a tortured soul and help him/her to find answers to problems. I have a few such 'listeners' in my life and when I'm stuck, I always ring them, knowing that within a few minutes I will have the answer to my problem and it will have come from me. This fine poem tells the reader a lot about it's author. Delightful. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Janell Cressman (10/9/2009 11:15:00 AM)

    awesome poem Mr.Harris
    that is awesome, you got to give to other people and sometimes the best thing you can give them is time (Report) Reply

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