Inspiration from poetry

Childhood memories

My Mum’s favourite reading came from a set of three books called “Philosophers Notebook” compiled by Monty Blandford and published in the 1950’s. She would often read us children some of the ones that she loved most. These books became mine after Mum passed away in 2005. They hold special memories for me.

I found a poem to share with you, that reflects something of my own thinking. There were so many to choose from so I hope you enjoy the one I have selected, called “Tell Him Now” by the Scribe.






If with pleasure you are viewing

Any work a friend is doing,

If you like him or if you love him, tell him now;

Don’t withhold  your approbation,

Till the preacher makes oration,

And he lies with snowy lilacs on his brow:

For, no matter how you shout it,

He doesn’t care a thing about it,

He’ll not know how many tear drops you have shed;

So if you think some praise is due him,

Now’s the time to slip it to him,

For he cannot read his tombstone when he is dead.

More than fame and more than money

Is the comment, kind and sunny,

And the beauty, warm approval of a friend;

For it gives to life a savour,

And it makes you stronger, braver,

And it gives you heart and courage to the end;

If he earns your praise, bestow it,

If you like him, let him know it,

Let the words of true encouragement be said;

Do not wait until life is over,

And he sleeps beneath the clover,

For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.

Sometimes I see strangers at the shops and want to tell them, “I really love that dress” or “that colour really suits you” but I refrain in case I scare them away. Yet, if someone (perhaps a stranger) stopped me in the street with a compliment, I would probably love it 🙂

It is such a good feeling to honestly encourage others around us. I will look for opportunities to do this more often and not hold back.

cheers for now


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