Alison Cassidy

(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • 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 : ] (Report) Reply

  • 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! !) (Report) Reply

  • Dee Daffodil (1/1/2007 11:42:00 AM)

    Here's to sympathetic and empathetic friends! Good observation allie...I always say that compassion (and laughter) are the best medicine for whatever ails you.
    All the best in 2007 lady!
    Hugs,
    Dee (Report) Reply

  • Ivan Donn Carswell (1/1/2007 3:03:00 AM)

    Lindsay's magic pudding indeed, an archaic but brilliantly sustainable image. You wrenched my sympathy easily. IDC (Report) Reply

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