Every Good Deed


A million gaping mouths

Clamoring to be fed

Many worthy causes

Pulling a single thread


Overwhelmed by need

Where do good acts lie

All these mouths to feed

So little to give have I


In this world, I feel small

Big heart in a tiny part

I see the great needs all

But where should I start


Each cause a worthy one

Each asking for my help

So many races to be run

Stamina burnt on self


I cannot fix everything

I can only do what I can

Even if I pick just one

I can be a helping hand


Millions of people

Choosing many things

Each just as valuable

For the hope it brings


31 Responses to “Every Good Deed”
  1. Because, as you know, I get easily sucked in emotionally, it’s always a struggle to ignore pleas for donations. I more than do my part to favored charities, and I’ve occasionally helped the stranger on the street. This poem really reminds me of the struggle of wishing I could give me and reminds me that, at least, I am giving as I feel comfortable doing so.

  2. beth says:

    i believe that every act of help or kindness makes a difference

  3. blindzanygirl says:

    “So many races to be run”. So true

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    I feel your heart ❤️. I understand. And one good deed, although we wish for more, can have lasting ripples. Thank you for this beautiful poem. 💕

  5. One by one and one at a time, we all help the Family of Man. Lovely work my friend!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Sometimes it is a simple act of kindness that makes all the difference. I say we do what we can in our little circle of the world and try to improve somebody’s day.

  7. Easy to applaud this post.

  8. kristianw84 says:

    It’s a struggle. I find I’m often left feeling like I wish there was more I could do, say, give… Every charitable act, no matter how small, often has a greater impact than we realize.

  9. Jim Borden says:

    think global, act local…

  10. Silly mouse should blame the person setting the trap. The one good thing about my overfed ego is its ability to self promote with less guilt.

  11. Kevin McNeill says:

    So aptly put sir! Excellent!

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