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(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

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A Pocketful of Sympathy

A pocketful of sympathy
Is really rather wonderful
To stop a scratch from stinging
Or a bruise from black and bluing

A pocketful of sympathy
Can stop a heart from hurting
Or catch a tear that's falling
Like a raindropp down a cheek

A pocketful of sympathy
Costs absolutely nothing
It's the cheapest kind of plaster
That you'll ever ever find

And a pocketful of sympathy
Is like Lindsay's Magic Pudding
'Cos the more of it you give away
The more you leave behind

Submitted: Monday, January 01, 2007
Edited: Friday, December 17, 2010


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  • Patrick A. Martin (11/6/2009 8:28:00 PM)

    I have leaned that these are not just words you have thrown away on a piece of paper. They are the stuff that your heart is made of and because of that these are all the more beautiful words that I take and print upon my heart.
    Love to you Allie.

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  • Rehab Helmy (8/20/2008 1:50:00 AM)

    a well put very lovely piece
    love it & good luck to u

  • Siona Doyle-McLaughlin (1/29/2007 8:45:00 PM)

    What a lovely, inspirational poem. (You misspelled raindropp with 2 'p's'.) This could become a classic, and I'd love permission to post it in my blog (with full credit of course) . Thank you for sharing it.

  • R H (1/11/2007 1:12:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem that highlights the importance of the simple things in life. My pocket is jammed full of the stuff! A treasure of a poem Allie. Justine x

  • Jim Foulk (1/10/2007 3:48:00 PM)

    loved this beautiful poem, if everyone only had sympathy for people, instead of them self, what a much better world this would be, great write.

  • Original Unknown Girl (1/8/2007 3:46:00 AM)

    Such a sweet sweet poem, says a lot about the author! Great work and not in the usual AC style but as always a winner! ! HG: -) xx

  • Sandra Fowler (1/7/2007 2:37:00 PM)

    Warm hearted and very touching. I would guess that you are always there for your friends. Encore.

    Love,

    Sandra

  • Duncan Wyllie (1/6/2007 3:46:00 AM)

    A caring tribute for those that share such kindness, all penned from a caring poetess
    Alison! Thankyou for your way
    Love duncan X

  • Esther Leclerc (1/5/2007 8:12:00 PM)

    A sweet, welcome write to all those (and who hasn't?) suffered in any way, shape or form! That loving word and smile makes all the difference, every time. Only a darling named Allie could write this poem! ... Love, Esther : ]

  • Not a member No 4 (1/4/2007 3:40:00 PM)

    In these hustling, bustling times there seems to be a shortage of Lindsay's magic Pudding. It takes good people to spread it around. Your terrific work does exactly that. Alison, it's a pleasure to have encountered you and your humane, exceedingly perceptive and eloquent mind. I see your comments here and there, and of course you've left some very generous ones at mine (for which many, many thanks) , and they are always so thoughtful and pertinent - sometimes in the midst of the wayward and downright bizarre (that would be mine from time to time) . They help to steady the ship. Thank you, jim. (And a belated happy birthday. Read Tara's lines earlier, and squinted at your entertaining and very impressive bio! !)

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