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H.O.W. Can I Help This Christmas - Poetry

Updated on December 5, 2012

Come with me, my friends, I beg

Walk with me a while,

Let me take you on a trip

I hope will make you smile,

And maybe think a little bit

About this Christmas time

And those who are less fortunate...

Let's see what we can find...

The town is full of people here

Busy Christmas shopping,

Everyone is in a rush

Nobody is stopping

To see the man sat on the ground

No money, home or food

But hang on...

There's a lady stopped!

She's in a generous mood...

She asks of him

Are you ok?

I'm fine is his reply,

Please don't worry

About my lot, just continue

Walking by...

She smiles at him, gives him a coin

Go get a cup of tea

It's cold here and you're shivering

That is plain to see!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! The lady say's

And goes off on her way,

Smiling wide, the man gets up

To find a warm café!

On his way, he see's a dog

That looks all out of place

He thinks

Where is its owner?

He looks, but there's no trace.

He uses the coin given him

To call the number on the collar

The owner, she was worried sick

About her little fella...

You see, this dog is her best friend,

Without him she is lost

She'll do anything to get him back

No matter what the cost.

So relieved, and reunited

The woman and the dog

Through her tears from her relief

The man is just a fog...

MERRY CHRISTMAS! The man imparts

And wanders down the street

She's all encompassed with her dog

But shouts

Thank you! As he leaves...

The woman and her dog then walk

Back up into town

She thinks

Should I have paid that man

A reward?

And then she frowns...

As she's thinking, a man walks by

Elderly and struggling

He has with him many bags

He's done his Christmas shopping!

Let me help you with your load

She offers to this man

He is surprised

But grateful too

And says

Thank you, if you can...

I live nearby in a top flat

With many stairs to climb.

She helps him take his shopping home

And see's that he is fine.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! The woman says,

And leaves, quite unaware

Just how much she's helped this man

By showing him some care.

The man was feeling all depressed

And missing his late wife

His family live far away

And loneliness was rife.

So feeling a little happier

He listens to a sound...

What is that music he can hear?

It's the Salvation Army Band!

He goes back out to hear their tunes

And give them a donation

They use the money they receive

To offer some salvation!

The Salvaion Army have been around and helping people since 1865!
The Salvaion Army have been around and helping people since 1865! | Source

And so this night, on the cold streets

The salvation army come

And wait..

Who is this we see

That man! You know the one,

He's the one that found the dog

He's hungry now

And cold.

The Salvation Army pick him up

Hot soup and blankets bold!

He feels that it's his life they've saved

And knows on Christmas day

He can go to them

For a Christmas meal

And even somewhere to stay!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! They say to him

And go off on their way...

And that's the end of our walk

And so to you I say...

Have a very Merry Christmas time

Enjoy it feeling fine,

Just remember little acts

Of kindness aren't a crime...

It doesn't need to cost a thing,

And the difference that is made

I hope is highlighted by our walk,

Thanks for coming,

I'm glad you stayed!

Mr Bean knows right from wrong this Christmas...


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    • Jennifer Stone profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Stone 

      5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      And a Merry Christmas to you too bravewarrior! :-) Thank you for your comments, all the best, Jen

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful reminder to the world, Jennifer! A little kindness goes a long way and carries with it the ripple effect.

      Merry Christmas!

    • Jennifer Stone profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Stone 

      5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments and support. I really believe in Bill and what he's trying to do with the H.O.W. project, and I know my poetry won't change the world, but wouldn't it be great if we flood the internet with so many articles etc. that every time someone typed the word "how" into Google, our pages came up? ;-) Raising awareness is the first step and showing everyone that they can do something good to make our world a better place...

      I truly love this HubPages community, and all the friends I've made here, thank you all for giving me the confidence to publish poetry (of all things... who'd of thought it eh... lol) and to Bill for inspiring me to want to be part of something bigger that can make a difference. To all my friends here... we are all very well met, and I send you all my best wishes from the riverbank in England. Jen

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful..One act of kindness can cause a chain reaction that will spread. Thank you..Loved your poetry..

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      5 years ago from australia

      Well done - I like the ongoing connections - a demonstration of how kindness and caring can make a difference. Thanks.

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      5 years ago

      This is a great message, it is so true that just small acts of kindness can make a huge difference to someone, and it costs nothing...thanks Jen:-))

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Absolutely fantastic way to demonstrate the many ripples our acts of kindness and consideration to others can have. Great addition to H.O.W. as well.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very cleverly done and so important! Great poem! Thank you!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      Wonderfully done Jennifer S. Your words share compassion and care for the ones that will have a little this Christmas. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt poem!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An important message, Jen! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this; well done, beautiful, and now you have me in the mood to do some kindness today. :)


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