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Starfish Poem

Am I the only one who hasn't heard this before?  It really touched me.  I am working on a gallery wall in our living room and decided to incorporate a starfish for each foster child we've had in our home!


As I walked along the seashore
This young boy greeted me.
He was tossing a stranded starfish
Back into the deep blue sea.
I said, "Tell me why you bother.
Why waste your time this way?
There's a million stranded starfish.
Does it matter anyway?"
And he said, "It matters to this one.
It deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one.
I can't save them all, I know.
But it matters to this one,
I'll return it to the sea.
It matters to this one,

And it matters a lot to me. 


I have also found there are other versions of this story, but I love the simplicity of this poem. 

Re: Starfish Poem

  • I've never heard it. I love it though!!!

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  • Yep!  Love it...My nursery is going to be nautical themed for various reasons and then when I had saw this is knew it was perfect.  Esty sells a lot of necklaces having to do with the starfish story and adoption.
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  • I have never heard this poem before but its beautiful and so sweet, thanks for sharing.
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