Poetry of Kansas

Influence

We may not realize a kind word
        spoken
May cheer some lonely heart that's
        almost broken.
We go about our daily tasks without
        a care
Of burdens we might lighten here or
        there.
Our daily occupation seems to be
So all important that we fail to see
Kind words and deeds will far outlive
        the rest;
   We say or do and that alone will
        make us truly blessed.
   For on some future day we know not
        when,
   Our daily work will cease to trouble
        us, and then
   Like ripples on the waves they'll
        reach the farther shore
   And we will find them there when we
        cross o'er.
   We little know the influence of a
        word
   For good or bad that we some bosom
        stirred;
   We pass them by, nor do we care to
        know
   Those thoughtless words we spoke
        were but a blow
   And rankled in the heart of some
        dear friend___
   And some kind word to one with
        cares oppressed
   May cheer their heart till they are
        blessed,
   And in return we get some cheerful
        word from those who love us yet.
And when we have no kind friend to
        linger near
Some ray of sunshine as from clouds
        above
Will fill our hearts with peace, con-
        tent and love.
O, speak the word of comfort now
        and here
Before the flowers are scattered o'er
        the bier.

__Nettie Squire Sutton.

A Book of Poems
Nettie Squire Sutton
(Minneapolis, KS: Messenger Press. n.d.)
Pages 18-19
 

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