A place to add your poems forum: Brighten Your Corner - by Helen Steiner Rice

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ImageMaridell
Jul 18, 2010 7:19 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
I recieved a special birthday card from my step-grandmother many years ago. She was ailing at the time and I'm not sure that she was able to select the card on her own, or if my stepsister picked it out on her behalf....but the card meant so to me at a time when I was introverted and dealing with a difficult family situation that often left me feeling lonely (no longer introverted or lonely Smiling ). This poem made a difference in my life and on occasion I feel compelled to share it with someone who has done a small deed that has gone "unnoticed". Here is the poem in full and I'm also attaching the birthday card, which is a shortened version that I occasionally share.

We cannot all be famous
or be listed in "Who's Who,"
But every person great or small,
Has important work to do.

For seldom do we realize
the importance of small deeds,
Or to what degree of greatness
Unnoticed kindness leads.

For it's not the big celebrity
in a world of fame and praise,
But it's doing unpretentiously
In an undistinguished way.

It is the work that we're assigned,
unimportant as it seems,
That makes our task outstanding,
And brings reality to dreams.

So do not sit and idly wish
for wider new dimensions
Where you can fantasize about
Your many good intentions.

But at the spot you are right now
begin at once to do
Little things to brighten up
The lives surrounding you.

If everybody brightened up
the spot where they are standing,
By being more considerate,
And a little less demanding,

This dark old world would very soon
eclipse the evening star,
If everybody brightened up
The corner where they are!

Brighten up your corner today!

~ Helen Steiner Rice

Thumbnail by Maridell

Imagekareoke
Jul 18, 2010 8:42 AM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
Thank you merigold, that is what I call poetry. Thumbs up
ImageMaridell
Jul 18, 2010 8:51 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Thank you for having a place to share it!
Denyce50
Nov 28, 2020 10:02 AM CST
Hello Maridell , Thank you so very much for sharing this Beautiful poem !!! I bought this card in my 20s and it changed my life !! You are blessed to still have your card after so many years ! I would love to find this card !! Have a Wonderful Day !!😊

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