Saturday, December 17, 2011



The recent stories of the people impulsively paying off the Christmas-present layaways for others is a comforting reminder that there are and always have been good people in this world. I share words I wrote some years ago on that subject; they seem appropriate for the Christmas season.


There ARE good people left;

sometimes I forget that when I watch the evening news.

A good person once drove many miles to return my wallet,

with credit cards, cash and treasured photos still intact.

Good persons offered us their home one bitter winter day

when fire drove us from our own;

they were concerned our babies would not thrive

in a hotel.

A good person stopped her car one gloomy day

and told me I should know my front-yard flower garden

cheered her every time she passed my home.

A good person found a family album

with the name of Moore inside, and she called me

and countless other Moores to try to send the treasure

to its proper home; it wasn't ours but we were grateful.

A good person,

the patient of a doctor I once worked for,

presented me one Christmas with a handmade rug;

its creation represented hours of pain from

his arthritic fingers.

There ARE good people left;

We should not forget that when we watch the evening news.

--Rose Moore, 1993