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Misdeeds and Missed Deeds

Resource, Sept./Oct., 1992, p. 2

It isn't the thing you do;It's the thing you leave undone,Which gives you a bit of heartacheAt the setting of the sun.

The tender word forgotten,The letter you did not write,The flower you might have sent,Are your haunting ghosts tonight.

The stone you might have liftedOut of a brother's way,The bit of heart some counselYou were harried too much to say.

The loving touch of the hand,The gentle winsome tone,That you had no time or tho't forWith troubles enough of your own.

The little acts of kindnessSo easily out of mind;Those chances to be helpfulWhich everyone may find.

No, it's not the things you do,It's the thing you leave undoneWhich gives you the bit of heartache At the setting of the sun.

- Margaret Sangster