From A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul

From a Previous Reader

Dear Sirs:

I am writing you from a military base in Panama to thank you for your marvelous book and to share with you the impact it has had on my life and upon those with whom I have shared it.

I was alone in my hotel room one night after working extended hours when I read the story “Information Please” in A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul. I am not ashamed to confess that I cried profusely and found something healing in those tears. At that point I wrote a poem for you which I have enclosed.

Later I shared your book with a Marine who was in charge of guarding access to classified information. He was the third in line of armed security making his job the least demanding and the most boring. Because of this his superior officer had given him permission to read, but he had forgotten a book. It was going to be a long 12-hour watch for him so I gave him a copy of A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul, which I had in my briefcase. I warned him, however, that he might be caught in the act of “unMarine-like” emotional catharsis after reading some of the stories.

I entered the hallway at the end of our watch and found another armed Marine standing next to the first. Both of them had moist eyes as one said, “Kinda gets you, doesn’t it?”

The other Marine replied, “Roger that,” and walked off. Seeing me, he said, “Thanks for the book, Lieutenant. I’m going to the exchange first thing tomorrow to buy me one.”

“Told you there were some zingers in there,” I said, and we bid each other good night.

Thanks for a great book. I recommend it to everybody.

Here’s the poem.

Tell me a story, my he art is empty.

Let the tears flow, my eyes are dry.

Too long has discouragement bound me .

Lift my soul, let me fly.

Tell me a story, my hope has diminished .

Tell me of faith and love .

Remind me that we are created
To live on earth as in heaven above .

Tell me a story, fill my he art with compassion.

Open my eyes, I’ve be en blind .

Remind me that all men are brothers,

That we all should be loving and kind .

Serve me another helping, More Chicken Soup for My Soul.

To love let us encourage each other,

That higher dimensions of love may we know.

Lieutenant Morris Passmore , USNR

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