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Each Time

“Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Whether our life circumstances be happy or harsh,

We have the chance to send forth a ripple

even when we cannot make a wave.

From a mountain of despair,

We can work to cleave a stone of hope.

Into an ocean of dismay,

We can cast out a saving rope.

The world abounds with frightening things.

A tale of woe in our ears rings.

In turbulent times, fear commonly springs,

Clutching our hearts and ripping our souls on beating bat wings.

We ask of ourselves, “Oh, what can we do?”

For comfort and aid, whom can we turn to?

The answer of course is as it has ever  been,

When dangers rage everywhere find courage within.

If one looks toward the heavens or deep in one’s heart,

The source of resolve is the place to start.

If we tremble or cry, and let the world die in flames.

Those who perish in the fire will scorn us and our names.

It is not that it is easy; it is not that it is fair.

There is no one else for it, so we simply must dare.

Though struggle and pain are the likely reward,

There is too much worth saving not to step forward.

Let us stand up for our cherished ideals.

Let those who would dominate learn how brave resistance feels.

From numerous acts of courage and belief,

Let the imperiled feel a ripple of hope and some hint of relief.

As these millions of ripples cross one another from each cardinal direction

Let the walls of injustice and oppression succumb to correction.

If we should stumble and if we should fail,

Let the fact that we fought be our legacy’s tale.

Though we are not all powerful, we must each strive to be brave.

Let us send forth a ripple

When we cannot make a wave.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. “It is not that it is easy; it is not that it is fair.” Larry, it seems that it is Never easy or fair but neither is it impossible ~ not when people of courage and good will go on and do it anyway, no matter the odds. Your sentiments do you honor, and it’s good to keep reminding people, who have an average attention span of about 20 seconds! :)

  2. We need to hear this, it’s TIMELESS.


  3. Nicely done, Larry and a stark reminder of past melding to present.

  4. Anya

    I always enjoy the vision of unity you convey in your writing, Larry. :)

    • Larry Conley (Author)


      Thanks again. I had almost forgotten about this one, and your comment reminded me to read it again.

      I truly believe in unity there is strength and that each of us has an unavoidable responsibility to “send forth as many ripples” as we can.

      Thanks again!


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