The Poem

In my post last night I mentioned a poem I couldn’t find, but I managed to track it down.  This is how I often feel about my marriage, except for end bit. (I read it to hubby)

If you can lay your hands on the whole video, do, you’ll never regret it.  It is called “Only you can make the difference”

Things you didn’t do


“There was a girl who gave me (Leo Buscaglia) a poem, and she gave me permission to share it with you, and I want to do that because it explains about putting off and putting off and putting off – especially putting off caring about people we really love.  She wants to remain anonymous, but she calls the poem, “THINGS YOU DIDN’T DO” and she says this”:

    Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
    I thought you’d kill me, but you didn’t.


    And remember the time I dragged you to the beach, and you said it would rain, and it did?
    I thought you’d say, “I told you so.”  But you didn’t.


    Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you jealous, and you were?
    I thought you’d leave me, but you didn’t.


    Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug?
    I thought you’d hit me, but you didn’t.


    And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
    I thought you’d drop me, but you didn’t.


    Yes, there were lots of things you didn’t do,
    But you put up with me, and you loved me, and you protected me.


    There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you when you returned from Viet Nam.

    But you didn’t.

    Leo Buscaglia


6 thoughts on “The Poem”

  1. The last bit is very sad. It reiterates the life lesson to live today and not put off for tomorrow.

  2. Sjoe, the last two lines are kick-in-the gut powerful! What a fabulous poem. Thanks so much for tracking it down and sharing.

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