Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Giving Time


The best way to live,
Is to try to give.
Leave behind your greed,
To truly succeed.

Give an instant,
And be not so distant,
With a sunny smile,
For a little while,
Such a valuable gift,
Provides spirits a lift.

Give a minute,
If that's your limit,
To help another,
Like a devoted mother.
It shouldn't be rare,
When people dare,
To help those in need,
With a kindly deed.

Give an hour,
It's within your power.
Sit with a friend and laugh,
At an old photograph,
Of how your time began.
Share an exciting plan.
Pour sun on your future,
Close the wound with a suture.

Give a day,
Fill it with play.
Know a stranger well,
Bring them out of their shell.
Make it your mission,
To truly listen.
Showing genuine interest,
Is really simplest.

Spend your time
Helping others climb.

Submitted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Edited: Friday, May 30, 2014

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 3:56:00 PM)

    ............i am sure helping others is what life's all about....enjoyed this write... (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/22/2014 8:56:00 PM)

    Thank you Sunprincess. Helping others helps us feel happier as well.

  • Susy Evelyne (6/17/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    This is a gem I'm glad I found. Like a gem it has clarity, stays true and has sparkle! Cliches aside, it's well written and has a message for us all. Well done. (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/17/2014 11:57:00 AM)

    Thank you Susy, you've made my day with your gift.

  • Hazel Durham (6/8/2014 3:54:00 PM)

    Love this inspired write, to use our time to be kind and helpful, brings a ray of sunshine into our lives and the people around us!
    Beautiful poem with wonderful rhythm and flow! (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/13/2014 1:51:00 AM)

    Thank you Hazel so much for giving me some of your time with your kind words.

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