Treasure Island

David Harris

(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

Sometimes When We Touch Someone


In our lives we move around,
meeting strangers as we go,
sometimes those strangers
touch our lives in ways we do not know.
It is only afterwards,
we realise the effect they’ve had on us.
How they changed our direction,
made us better than before.
They helped us through a crisis
that played upon our mind,
showed us a better road to go,
in our confusion we could not find.
They touched our lives with kind words,
that somehow made us whole.
They became a beloved friend;
we are forever in their dept.
More times or not,
they never realised what they’ve done,
until we thank them
and then they are surprised by the fact.
They don’t want us to be beholden to them,
but for their kindness
we will always be thankful so,
for that helping touch,
when we needed that someone we did not know.
The next time someone touches us
in our time of need,
we should reward them,
with just a thank you,
because that is all they need.

Submitted: Monday, May 21, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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  • Alison Cassidy (5/21/2007 8:55:00 PM)

    Giving and receiving - that's what life's all about after all. It's great to read a poem and feel that comforting sense of recognition at a shared idea well expressed. You're right, grace in the receiving is sadly neglected in these days of incessant consumption, where so much is taken for granted. Thanks for the reminder. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Marci Made (5/21/2007 5:37:00 PM)

    And then~~~~~~~~'THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE' Awesome thoughts expressed here, an excellent reminder of how fortunate we may be at times without even knowing or how much an encouraging word was needed 'just' at that 'moment'~~~~~~~~marci. :) (Report) Reply

  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (5/21/2007 3:45:00 PM)

    Cause and affect my friend... we say and do things that we just take for granted, but affect other more than we know... David 10 (Report) Reply

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