Francine In Retirement
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TRAVEL THEME: RIPPLES

This post is in answer to Ailsa’s, Where’s My Backpack? challenge.  See the link for more entries.

DROP A PEBBLE

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone; 
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on, 
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea. 
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.

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Drop a pebble in the water:
in a minute you forget, 
But there’s little waves a-flowing,
and there’s ripples circling yet, 
And those little waves a-flowing
to a great big wave have grown; 
You’ve disturbed a mighty river
just by dropping in a stone.

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Drop an unkind word, or careless:
in a minute it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading
from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them,
once you’ve started them to flow.       

 

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Drop an unkind word, or careless:
in a minute you forget;
But there’s little waves a-flowing,
and there’s ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart
a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy
ere you dropped that unkind word.

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Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.

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Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
in a minute you forget;  
But there’s gladness still a-swelling,    
and there’s joy circling yet,      
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort        
whose sweet music can be heard          
Over miles and miles of water             
just by dropping one kind word.              

~By James W. Foley~

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BE KIND!

BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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15 Responses to “TRAVEL THEME: RIPPLES”

  1. Lovely photos and words for the challenge, Francine. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  2. Ah, Francine, such beautiful ripples and I love the association to kindness!
    Happy Friday, my dear!
    🙂

  3. Great message in that poem.

  4. Lovely message 🙂
    Have a BLESSED day…

  5. A wise old poem, Francine, beautifully chosen and illustrated for the theme. 🙂

  6. Beautiful pictures and lovely poem. 🙂

  7. Your photos, accompanied by that verse, make a wonderful response to the Curves Challenge. Francine.

  8. Marvelous! Especially the last two. And a lovely lovely poem! Great job Francine 🙂

  9. This is a fantastic post. I want to find that poem and print it out!

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  11. The flamingo is so colorful. It must have eaten lots of shrimp which does cause their bright pink color. Great Photo as all are. The duck is perfect for the entry: Ripples.
    Drop an unkind word, or careless:
    in a minute you forget;
    But there’s little waves a-flowing,
    and there’s ripples circling yet,
    And perhaps in some sad heart
    These words is the poem are flawless.
    Exceptional entry for the challnge from AIlsa.
    Blessings …
    Issy

  12. Stunning photo’s and post Francine! Love the quotes too. Thanks for sharing. 😀 *hugs*

  13. […] Travel Theme: Ripples (francineinretirement.wordpress.com) […]


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