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My Purse

If, entrusted were I, with a magical purse,
one that held what was needed, but not monies curse.
One that neither bulged, nor would ever be empty,
so when I reached down within, there I'd find plenty.

A handful of tolerance, I would pull each day,
to pass out to those in need, I met along the way.
I would take a fist full of hope, to toss aloft.
Scatter it among the throng, letting it land soft.

I would enter into the turf of gangs and their wars.
Trading peace for their guns, so they would kill no more.
I would go to Washington, there I would invest,
two handfuls of honesty, perhaps ten, would be best.

Charity, I would share, with those who live large.
Help them to give some away, so no one need starve.
I could change so many things and alter many lives.
But, I could also do harm and make so many cry.

As it is so easy, to think one self's above,
to take control of lives, forgetting about love.
So for myself, I'd take a bit to keep myself humble.
So that I and my purse, never, ever stumble

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  1. Date: 12/27/2010 8:04:00 PM
    Good descriptiveness and rhyming go into this impressive display.

  1. Date: 12/25/2010 8:03:00 PM
    a heartfelt write, paula.. this treasured purse filled with values and virtues makes your poetic gem overflow... have a blessed season! thanks for your encouraging words on my piece for you.. soup mail in a while.. hugggs, nette

  1. Date: 12/25/2010 2:32:00 PM
    Very nice write~"fist fulls of hope" I love it!!!!~BEAUTIFUL~SOUPMAIL in a min.~Merry Christmas to you and your family~Rick

  1. Date: 12/23/2010 9:18:00 AM
    Paula... I am breathless.. one of the most stirring ..stunning.. one of your very best..writes I have been drawn to read my friend.. amazing anaologies and a wonderful premise to share ... truly inspiring luv.. appreciate the holidays wishes and the same to u and your family ... in the beautiful setting of your home .. we shall continue to encourage and support each other in 2011..luv.. richest blessings to all of u..with luv..

  1. Date: 12/22/2010 9:44:00 AM
    you have a wonderful imagination and i find that you can be trusted with heavenly gifts. John Henry Loving III

  1. Date: 12/22/2010 2:42:00 AM
    One of the most beautiful poem i have ever read.Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and yours.

  1. Date: 12/21/2010 6:39:00 PM
    Very well written and thought provoking.. Enjoyed... this is going in my Favorites.. Dana'lynn

  1. Date: 12/21/2010 5:39:00 PM
    If only we had the power to make the world change, one handful at a time. Love this Paula!