Greater Than Gold

The seed of this piece came to me as I read a comment from Diana earlier today describing a most kind and generous act indeed.

Diana, this poem is dedicated to your kind daughter and her wonderful mother for whom I have much respect:

Greater Than Gold

As I sat eating my meal
Alone in my thoughts and cares
I noticed a little girl
Turn her head and briefly stare

She saw a homeless man with a hopeless look
Who’d been hungry for far too long
Her eyes grew sad from what she saw
Then she whispered to her mom

I don’t know what she said
As she pointed to him
But when her mom smiled
There was joy in her eyes again

The girl’s hands held coins
She’d counted every penny
It was her allowance
And she didn’t drop any

She placed her savings on the counter
Ordered a meal for a man in need
Fidgeted a bit as she waited for it
So anxious to do the kind deed

He looked up in surprise
And when he saw what she held
His eyes moistened a bit
And his heart seemed to melt

He took her gift and gave his thanks
They smiled then she walked away
It’s a good bet I’ll never forget
The way I felt that day

My heart grew lighter
For inside I knew
That his spark of life and spirit
Had grown a bit brighter too

I learned a lot from that little girl
Who was less than nine years old
How a simple act of kindness
Can be a gift that is greater than gold.

–Russ Towne

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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16 Responses to Greater Than Gold

  1. What a wonderful poem……………I liked it

  2. I absolutely love this, Russ.

  3. melodylowes says:

    What a beautiful life lesson held in those few coins – whether it be much or little, it is worth giving away! I love that story…

  4. Oh Russ! You made me cry – I’m going to share that with my daughter!
    xo
    Diana

    • russtowne says:

      I’m glad you liked it, my friend. I hope your daughter does too. I may eventually write a version into a song lyric with a twist where the person telling the story turns out to have been the man who received the gift from the girl years before and her kindness helped him to turn his life around. I like to think that happened to the man your daughter helped.

      Russ

  5. Michaela Schwenk says:

    Wow Russ! Thank you for this beautiful poem (: never felt so inspiring in my life. (: definitely never ha anything written about me before. Nevermind something so meaningful

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