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Saturday, December 2, 2023

'Speaking to the spirit'


“Poetry speaks to the spirit by piercing understanding. It interprets all senseless truths – beauty, love, emotion – into sensible scrawl.” – Richelle Goodrich


Born in Utah in the Fall of 1968, Goodrich grew up in Central Washington.  She writes young adult books and poetry.  Her inspirational quotes have been published in such wide-ranging places as the Oxford Philosophy Being Human course book; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada; and a Revlon cosmetics ad campaign.   For Saturday’s Poem, here is Goodrich’s,


    Smile Anyway

One smile has the power to...
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?


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