Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Today I Write It Down
















The day was hot,
People stayed indoor a lot,
While I was mopping the floor,
I heard a knock at my door.
I looked outside,
It was a boy with a bike.
He looked tired and red,
Smiling nervously, he said:
“Could I interest you an initial 3-month newspaper subscription?
I am raising fund for my college education.”
“How much?”
“$20.”
I made an instant decision,
Paid him in cash to his satisfaction.
The boy was gone,
I was left alone.
Listening to a soft song,
I pictured the PRIDE of the newspaper boy!
Months have gone by,
The impression of the boy refuses to die.
Today I write it down,
Wishing him a bright future on his own.

*****
This is based on my real experience!
I submit this to ABC Wednesday, P is 4 Pride.
This is also Thursday Poets Rally Week 32 Entry.
Enjoy!
Happy November To You all!
xxx


86 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Today, you wrote it down, and we're the recipients of the story, a lovely, sweet one too.

Gramma Ann said...

I hope you are enjoying your newspaper. The Poem is nice about the boy and his efforts to earn money for his education.

DrSoosie said...

Charity and inspiration were had by all. You did a wonderful thing Jingle and then you got to take that great thing and write something creative and wonderful. I don't think it get much better than that!!

Someone Is Special said...

This is superb ji.. Loved it totally..

--Someone Is Special--

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Fantastic Jingle that you have shared this with us, and what a wonderful you have done.

☺lani☺ said...

Impressive! Definitely the boy will have his future, he'll harvest his deligent in a future! Have a great day!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful Jingle, enjoyed the read.

Yvonne.

Roger Owen Green said...

you were very supportive. wonder if i would be...

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Myrna R. said...

This was nice. I wonder if the boy even suspects that he left such an impression on you. I hope college goes well for him.

Bossy Betty said...

So happy to read this! Sweet story!

Gattina said...

At least you wrote it down, lol !
Gattina from the ABC team

william said...

glad you wrote this down xxx

Rajlakshmi said...

brilliant :) some incidence touch us :) hope the boy was able to complete his studies.

gnarlyoak said...

I always need to write stuff down! But this sounds so lasting. "Months have gone by,
The impression of the boy refuses to die.
Today I write it down,"
killer lines.

abthomas said...

It's odd what sticks in our heads sometimes - now watch you'll see the paperboy on the news being arrested for streaking along the soccer field with his college colours painted on his buttocks!

Tumblewords: said...

Great, Jingle!!

drmadangoyal said...

Sincere effort
justly rewarded,
coined into poem,
nice massage spread.

scentofmyheart said...

great one!

chamiechamz said...

You have a wonderful pride Jingle. ^^,

Ellen aka Ella said...

Lovely to think there is still people like you, in the world!

Velvet Over Steel said...

How sweet of you! I does feel so good to help someone out! I bet he'd asked dozens of people that day, who said No or where even rude to him. The picture in your mind of his 'Pride' will come back every time you read your newspaper!

Awesome poem and post!! Thanks for sharing!!
Hugs,
Coreen

Anonymous said...

you did a noble deed. that must have meant a lot to that young guy! hope he is shining like a star. :)

you penned it down very sweetly too.

trisha
mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

izzy said...

That is great and I'm so glad it is true!
Thanks.

jessicasjapes said...

Ah, very cute, Jingle! And so nice when people write about a true experience!

Thoughts Not Lost said...

So much joy in this one. I loved it!

Amy said...

I wish it was hot here today but it is not. Great post to help someone..

The Reason You Come said...

What an inspiring story! That was a wonderful thing to do, and it's good to know that some kids that young are already thinking about their future. :)

darksong1207 said...

Today, we share your joy cherish the feeling..very nice write

Shashi said...

Its a beautiful story, Jingle and I liked it so much... I am sure the positivity of it all will go a long way to help the boy...Thanks for sharing...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
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Christopher said...

totally dug it. great story. the same kid tried to sell me newspaper subscriptions too..

Morganna said...

Great story as a great poem!

LeiffyV said...

It is always great to help out those who seek knowledge, though I was waiting to read that you never got your paper. Maybe I am a bit jaded! Thanks for sharing Jingle!

JamieDedes said...

Delightful. That experience would have stayed in my mind too, as have other that are similar. We pass by people in life and are charmed and wish them well.

Nice work, Ji! Blog on ...

Happy Rally days.

Aquarius63 said...

Lovely sentiment Jingle, well done.

Anita.

Glory said...

It was just awful...awful he did not stop at my house!

Lyn said...

Such generousity..and in cash, too! You are a gem, as is this poem!!

hedgewitch said...

You're my 18th Rally 32 comment, Jingle. I like your story--I always buy the girl scout cookies or whatever; it takes me back to how much I hoped for a sale when I was a kid doing it. I don't know if I can read and comment so much on so many people every week, but I do think what you're doing is worthwhile, encourages people, and has exposed me to a lot of good new writing. Thanks.

Akelamalu said...

I'm glad you wrote it down so we could share it. :)

dieselfromthad said...

this is my 18th comment and I must say jingle.. I am impressed with the style in which u wrote this... not many would catch on but you kept it true to the basics of poetry... and I must say I enjoyed every bit of it

.Mase Da Rula.
A Ruler's Kingdom
http://dieselfromthad.wordpress.com

RiikaInfinityy said...

wonderfully written =P kind of fun in a way to read =P

wordsworthmillions said...

You have a lovely heart. I am sure you have many more tales to tell us. Nicely written.

thisisbrixx said...

You'll never knoew but that $20 contributed much on that boy's life and who knows? Maybe his future.

Good job Ji!

Love,
B

Leo said...

beautiful.. ur such a helpful person Ji :D and even you must have been proud to help him too :)

nice entry to the Rally.. finally, after numerous reads, I've reached yours :D

Reader Wil said...

Good story and P- words too!

Such people like you, are very important, because you really care and have compassion with those who need it.
Thanks for sharing!

kathew said...

very sweet image and story

Sumit Sarkar said...

Interesting... :)

dasuntoucha said...

Some of life's best poetry comes from stored moments of the mind...thank you for sharing yours. (^_^)

tasithoughts said...

Ji,

Always wonderful to support young people in their dreams....a beautiful way to capture it in words.

I am always thankful for your support. :-)

JP

http://tasithoughts.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/soaring/

Lovely Annie said...

Thanks for sharing your poem link when you commented on my blog! I have already visited quite a few people...almost all newcomers...but I did not comment on the poem you had linked in for every case...Might not be at a total of 18 yet. I remember the rules and won't forget so you do not have to worry about spending the little amount of free time you have (you have to be busy!!) reminding me...That is just too much work! I dont know how anyone can visit and read so much poetry like you!

Thanks for visiting and I will get back to you...

actober said...

that's amazingly cool! I hope he's doing well also.. I'm inspired..

Amity said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience Jingle...the happiness is profound when we could help others who are very much willing to improve their lot in life...and sharing would help others do the same thing!

Helping others is one pure bliss. I know this because I have sent two girls in college and will continue to send more after they will graduate this coming March....I feel it is my mission on earth!

Will be visiting others once am back from church Jingle! Have a nice weekend... :-)

darlene said...

His future will be forever impacted by a single encounter.


---Darlene

mairmusic said...

Generosity is a virtue and you show it every day.

Caribbean Fool said...

Loved it as always Jingle. You manage to illustrate emotion so well. Hope all is well,

crb.

Lourie said...

Love this one. I had all the images in my mind.

Sammie said...

In case I did not reply. I like this and you encouragement of the news boy.

hope rising said...

what a great story, and what a great thing to write a poem about.

I had a young man in my neighborhood who used to come by and bargain with me, so he could do work in my yard for pay. I know that he is going to grow into a great business man! Your poem reminded me of him.

nice poem

bward42 said...

Really sweet little poem! I totally indentify with that feeling of just having to write something down, or else it'll never stop sitting in your mind!

ocdbloggergirl said...

I loved it! Real life experiences make for some great poetry. Wow you have a lot of blogs. Didn't know about this one!
As for the poems I've read and commented on, I've lost count. Will have to count it up and see how many more I need and try to do more too.

patcegan said...

We never know how much we help others with the simplest loving gesture, i.e., a smile, a willingness to sit and listen without giving advice, writing a poem that inspires or comforts another, etc. When we act from a position of love, that energy goes out and touches people in profound ways, the newspaper boy, each of us that read your poem, people we touch, etc. Well done for helping the boy and sharing the experience with us! Hugs, pat

Malcolm said...

This is lovely. A simple act that helps to change a youngster's life for the better.

I love the calm, reflective and almost conversational tone of this poem.

sugaryichigo said...

Aaw, all warm and fuzzy!
Thanks for sharing this. It made me rethink about my own college goals myself. :)
I wish for that boy to get his college diploma.

lynnaima said...

I like it. Sometimes some memories just linger. People touch our lives for a split second and they refuse to "leave" our minds. Quite touching :) Happy rally everyone!

JamieDedes said...

Just came back for another read. Some are worth two or more ...

Good stuff, Ji.

fearlessdreams said...

you are a human with a noble mind... :)

likewine said...

Sweet and straightforward. Good job.

Fear is not pertinent said...

Oh how glad I am you wrote it down ,a so well to boot! :D
-Roxanne
Ps. I have finished my 18 comments, and favours returned, though that turned into something I wanted to do rather than needed to do! Thank you!

peachpitproduction said...

wonderful poem Jingle!! thanks for sharing! and what a great blogger you are in your own right and to everyone you encounter! Cheers!

garciamo said...

Thanks for sharing! That boy was lucky to reach your door! :-)

ChildofaGodUnseen said...

Very nice(:
Good story.

uma.a said...

Nice story...btw.I am fine.Thanks for your comments..busy lately with diwali celebrations :)...will get back to you after my comments :)

Papo said...

education is the gift that can keep on giving

Lu Ann said...

Awww very sweet gesture of you!

:) I also hope he can have a future of his own :) Very inspiring Jingle!

uncensoredinsanity said...

paying for school is no easy task, and those who approach it with pride and determination are the ones who are likely to go on to accomplish their goals and dreams.
i really like how you told the story in such an inspirational manner that was enjoyable to read

wiserskydiver said...

nice rhymes with a story unfolding with every line.... Cheers!!!
u are a rock star Jingle

unremarkable_m said...

Generosity is always a grace...

deadpoet88 said...

Wonderful poem, and a very wonderful deed done. Contributing to help someone get educated is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone. :)

belladonna23 said...

i really enjoyed this, jingle. its so sweet, in fact i was in the same exact situation before

rashmi said...

Beautiful poem Jingle...
I could visualise the whole story..
Superb..

chinmay28 said...

The satisfaction we get after helping the people in need is really fulfilling, isnt it?
And the poem, i should really appreciate the way it's been transformed into as as poem! loved it...

jojo said...

such a cute poem!! nice!

chickunderconstruction said...

How sweet! $20 is such a small price to pay when investing in the education of our youth.

ladynimue said...

You did us all proud again Ji !!!
You always do :)

Loved this poem !!

S. Sharp said...

Fine words, and great inspiration to us. Loved't


Thank you
S.

Liliana Negoi said...

very well done :)

Emmanuel Ibok said...

Wonderful experience...and to be part of making that boy successful is on its own immense...God bless you!

Cheers!