Sunday, July 25, 2010

Angels Unaware

It was a rainy night in New Orleans
At a bus station in the town,
I watched a young girl weeping
As her baggage was taken down.

It seems she'd lost her ticket
Changing buses in the night.
She begged them not to leave her there
With no sign of help in sight.

The bus driver had a face of stone
And his heart was surely the same.
"Losing your ticket's like losing cash money" he said,
And left her in the rain.

Then an old Indian man stood up
And blocked the driver's way
And would not let him pass before
He said what he had to say.
"How can you leave that girl out there?
Have you no God to fear?
You know she had a ticket.
You can't just leave her here.

You can't put her out in a city
Where she doesn't have a friend.
You will meet your schedule,
But she might meet her end."

The driver showed no sign
That he'd heard or even cared
About the young girl's problem
Or how her travels fared.

So the old gentleman said,
"For her fare I'll pay.
I'll give her a little money
To help her on her way."

He went and bought the ticket
And helped her to her place
And helped her put her baggage
In the overhead luggage space.

"How can I repay," she said,
"the kindness you've shown tonight?
We're strangers who won't meet again
A mere ' 'thank you ' doesn't seem right."

He said, "What goes around comes around.
This I've learned with time -
What you give, you always get back;
What you sow, you reap in kind.

Always be helpful to others
And give what you can spare;
For by being kind to strangers,
We help angels unaware."

Author Unknown

I know many of us might have seen this in the past.  But for me, this was the first time reading. Have a wonderful week.

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  1. in modern world peoples nowadays seems so different. this poem wake us in caring other people.

  2. what a wonderful poem. thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. Even sharing a simple smile to a stranger can mean the world.

  4. Wonderful poem that you have posted, Kimmy. I like the philosophy expressed therein, like "you reap what you sow", which is also the basis of Karma.

    You may not know it, but I visit your blog frequently for inspiration, and for the light that you share. Though I seldom leave comments.

  5. The sad thing is that 99% of the people reading this, would have pretended that they never noticed the girl. Very few people would have done what the Indian guy did!

  6. very nice poem. this is a thought provoking story and values awakening one.