Following is my new favorite poem. I’d read it before but didn’t know the origins. Most people attribute it to Audrey Hepburn but it was actually written by Sam Levenson for his grandchild.

A favorite poem of hers, she read it one last time in December 1992. Audrey Hepburn passed away the following month, January 1993. I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do!

audrey hepburn in roman holiday

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone …

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed

Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Sam Levenson