Poems for Reflection and Discussion

By Josie Whitehead

Happy Handshake



By Josie Whitehead

What You Give Out to Others

When there’s love and a smile on somebody’s face 
And there’s joy from the warmth of a loving embrace, 
     These feelings delight you for so many days 
     For they fill up your heart and then set it ablaze. 
Love is infectious - it will flourish and grow - 
But hatred’s the same as everyone knows. 
      You feel really good when you know you’re adored 
      But are sad and distressed when you’re simply ignored. 
Is it worth causing tears or emotional pain? 
When you’re mean and show hate, what is it you gain? 
      Inner happiness comes when your conscience is clear, 
      Not hurting the people who’ve loved you most dear. 
With love, it’s so strange, for the more you give out 
The more you get back of this there’s no doubt. 
      There’s one thing for certain in the world of attack: 
      What you give out to others will surely come back. 

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This poem was chosen by teachers and children in schools in West Yorkshire and was published in 2010 by AMS Educational Publishers, Leeds.  Sorry, out of print at the moment but you have it here and I hope it gives your young people a good topic for discussion.  Josie