Last December, when I made my New Year's resolution, I decided I wasn't going to pick one that focused on bettering myself. Instead, I resolved to put my time and/or money toward one or two good causes. As I did this, I realized helping those causes made me feel better than expected and, as the year progressed, I found myself expanding on it. and trying to help whenever I was able to. This poem was inspired by that.
One Person at a Time (A Poem)
A poem about making a difference, no matter how small, one person at a time.
As I walked through the grocery store
Putting food in my shopping cart.
I shopped off of my list
But, I also took a few moments to shop with my heart.
I threw in a few extra cans of food
Some peanut butter and a bag of pinto beans
And, after checking out
I put them in a collection barrel for people I didn't know and may or may not have seen.
I know what I bought
Wouldn't be able to help everybody.
But, I still chose to do it
Even though it meant spending the extra money.
Because, while I may never be able to bring an end
To the suffering of those who are hungry
I also couldn't help but wonder what one extra meal would mean
Had the hungry person been me.
My contribution may have only consisted
Of a few dollars and maybe a dime.
But, I was making the world a better place
One person at a time.
I started using a compost pile this past spring.
My grass clippings and food waste
Are now being turned into dirt
Rather than being buried somewhere, filling up landfill space.
I've been donating to our local animal shelter
I'm holding doors open for my fellow man.
I make a conscious effort not to waste water or electricity
And I try to walk, instead of drive, whenever I can.
My contributions, admittedly, may not seem to be much.
If the world were a bucket filled with water, I would only be a drop.
But, just because my efforts seem small,
Doesn't make me a flop.
Because, my efforts may never be noticed
And may only make a very small dent, even if I put in overtime.
However, I'm still making the world a better place
One person at a time.
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