Valsa George

Ripples - Poem by Valsa George

Down the dusty road,
in tattered rags,
He came,
Body bent with age,
bones sticking out of the flabby skin,
with a tremor
running down his limbs,
and with expectant eyes,
He waited at my doorstep.
No words came out from pursed lips
in mute language
begged for alms.

I held his shrivelled hand,
helped him ascend the steps.
Like a child obeying it's Elder
He sat on a chair in the patio.
The sumptuous fare, served before,
he surveyed with eyes
bulging out in utter disbelief,
and greedily devoured
every bit of morsel.

A rare gleam lighted up his face.
With hands folded in benison
He stood up and silently took leave.

I watched him stumble
along the country track
and fade away in the distance.

Ripples of joy stirred my mind
in ever widening circles
as, a pebble idly tossed
cause ripples in still waters
Over a random act of kindness
idly tossed.......

Comments about Ripples by Valsa George

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/25/2015 7:18:00 AM)

    Valsa-ji, I have my eyes welled and overflowing. The last part of the poem has me bowled over. Indeed, I now fully understand what you said about human warmth under my poem Blessed Be Your Sons (10) (Report) Reply

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  • (1/20/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    Such a compassionate and big-hearted person like you could compose great poem like
    of the best I have ever read.....10
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  • Captain Cur (9/7/2012 1:43:00 PM)

    ..... and you have created ripples of joy and compassion with this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Vipins Puthooran (9/1/2012 3:01:00 AM)

    Such a fabulous poem! ! !
    Compassion comes from one's mind whose life once suffered a lot! ! ! ! !
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  • (8/30/2012 5:35:00 PM)

    A fine elegant and humble write, not self serving, but hopeful with a kindness that radiates beyond the act and reader with the power of kindness and it's equal acceptance of that outstretched hand, both giver and receiver grow in humanity. (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2012 10:13:00 AM)

    Your gift would be the inspiration for this beautifully uplifting and compassionate poem. A
    great closing. A worthy thought and deed.
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  • (8/30/2012 6:57:00 AM)

    The ripples are now to embrace the passive swimmers and it is hoped a chain action would transform many more to tread the path of the feeder, the poet. A poem shot from the bow of human love not much transparent often. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/29/2012 10:19:00 AM)

    Such a lovely act of kindness, something we should all think about. Fabulous poem. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/29/2012 6:06:00 AM)

    Excellent poem with a beautiful last stanza. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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