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Helen Steiner Rice

A Special Page For Baby Boomers And All Who Love This Wonderful Lady's Poems. 

She Was Such A Ray Of Sunshine In This World And Still Is To Us.

Many Will Agree With Me, I'm Sure, And That's Why You Are Here On This Page!

In Seven Sections

Happiness Poems - Friendship and Mothers - Life and Nature Poems

God's Love and Our Love - Refuge and Assurance - Prayer Poems

Memorial Poem

Happiness Poems

Help Yourself To Happiness

Everybody, everywhere

seeks happiness, it’s true,

But finding it and keeping it

seem difficult to do.

Difficult because we think

that happiness is found

Only in the places where

wealth and fame abound.

And so we go on searching

in palaces of pleasure

Seeking recognition

and monetary treasure,

Unaware that happiness

is just a state of mind

Within the reach of everyone

who takes time to be kind.

For in making others happy

we will be happy, too.

For the happiness you give away

returns to shine on you.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

A Sure Way To A Happy Day

Happiness is something we create in our mind,

it’s not something you search for and seldom find.

It’s just waking up and beginning the day,

by counting our blessings and kneeling to pray.

It’s giving up thoughts that breed discontent,

and accepting what comes as a gift “heaven-sent”.

It’s giving up whining for things we have not.

It’s knowing that life is determined for us,

and pursuing our tasks

without fret, fume or fuss.

For it’s by completing

what God gives us to do,

that we find real contentment,

and happiness too.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

Friendship and Mothers

Be A Friend

Nothing on earth can make

life more worthwhile

Than a true, loyal friend

and the warmth of a smile,

For, just like a sunbeam

makes the cloudy days brighter,

The smile of a friend

makes a heavy heart lighter.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

A Priceless Gift

Friendship is a priceless gift

that cannot be bought or sold,

But its value is far greater

than a mountain made of gold.

For gold is cold and lifeless,

it can neither see nor hear

And in the time of trouble

it is powerless to cheer.

It has no ears to listen

nor heart to understand,

It cannot bring you comfort

or reach out a helping hand.

So when you ask God for a gift

Be thankful if He sends

Not diamonds, pearls, or riches

But the love of real true friends.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something

that no one can explain,

It is made of deep devotion

and of sacrifice and pain,

It is endless and unselfish

and enduring come what may

For nothing can destroy it

or take that love away . . .

It is patient and forgiving

when all others are forsaking,

And it never fails or falters

even though the heart is breaking . . .

It believes beyond believing

when the world around condemns,

And it glows with all the beauty

of the rarest, brightest gems . . .

It is far beyond defining,

it defies all explanation,

And it still remains a secret

like the mysteries of creation . . .

A many splendored miracle

man cannot understand

And another wondrous evidence

of God's tender guiding hand.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

A Golden Chain

Friendship is a Golden Chain,

The links are friends so dear,

And like a rare and precious jewel

It's treasured more each year...

It's clasped together firmly

With a love that's deep and true,

And it's rich with happy memories

and fond recollections, too...

Time can't destroy its beauty

For, as long as memory lives,

Years can't erase the pleasure

That the joy of friendship gives...

For friendship is a priceless gift

That can't be bought or sold,

But to have an understanding friend

Is worth far more than gold...

And the Golden Chain of Friendship

Is a strong and blessed tie

Binding kindred hearts together

As the years go passing by.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

Life and Nature Poems


Remember that ideals

are like stars up in the sky,

You can never really reach them,

hanging in the heavens high

But like the mighty mariner

who sailed the storm-tossed sea,

And used the stars to chart his course

with skill and certainty,

You too can chart your course in life

with high ideals and love,

For high ideals are like the stars

that light the sky above

You cannot ever reach them,

but lift your heart up high

And your life will be as shining

as the stars up in the sky.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

There’s Sunshine in a Smile

Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain

Laughter and pleasure, teardrops and rain

All days can’t be bright but it’s certainly true

There was never a cloud the sun didn’t shine through

So just keep on smiling whatever betide you

Secure in the knowledge God is always beside you

And you’ll find when you smile your day will be brighter

And all of your burdens will seem so much lighter

For each time you smile you will find that it’s true

Somebody, somewhere will smile back at you

And nothing on earth can make life more worthwhile

Than the sunshine and warmth of a beautiful smile.

– Helen Steiner Rice ©

The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace

After the clouds, the sunshine,

after the winter, the spring,

after the shower, the rainbow,

for life is a changeable thing.

After the night, the morning,

bidding all darkness cease,

after life’s cares and sorrows,

the comfort and sweetness of peace.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

Spring Is In The Air

It’s amazing and incredible,

But it’s as true as it can be,

God loves and understands us all

And that means you and me–

His grace is all sufficient

For both the young and old,

For the lonely and the timid,

For the brash and for the bold–

His love knows no exceptions,

So never feel excluded,

No matter what your past has been,

Trust God to understand,

And no matter what your problem is

Just place it in His Hand–

For in all of our unloveliness

This great God loves us still,

He loved us since the world began,

And what’s more, He always will!

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

Spring Garden

When I looked at those flowers,

I was looking at God

For they bloomed in His sun

and grew in His sod

And each lovely flower

was a “voice from above”

That whispered a message

of kindness and love

For I feel in my heart,

and I know you do, too,

That God speaks to us all

through the kind things we do

And when I looked at those flowers

I couldn’t help but feel

That they brought heaven nearer

and made God so real.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

God's Love ~ Our Love

On Wings of Love

The priceless gift of life is love,

For with the help of God above

Love can change the human race

And make this world a better place

For love dissolves all hate and fear

And makes our vision bright and clear

So we can see and rise above

Our pettiness on wings of love.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

The Gift of Lasting Love

Love is much more than a tender caress

and more than bright hours of happiness,

For a lasting love is made up of sharing

both hours that are 'joyous' and also 'despairing'…

It's made up of patience and deep understanding

and never of selfish and stubborn demanding,

It's made up of climbing and steep hills together

and facing with courage life's stormiest weather

And nothing on earth or in heaven can part

a love that has grown to be part of the heart,

And just like the sun and the stars and the sea,

this love will go on through eternity -

For 'true love' lives on when earthly things die,

for it's part of the Spirit that soars to the sky.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

"Love One Another As I Have Loved You"

Love one another as I have loved you

May seem impossible to do,

But if you will try to trust and believe,

Great are the joys that you will receive

For love makes us patient, understanding, and kind,

And we judge with our hearts and not with our minds,

For as soon as live entered the heart's open door,

The faults we once saw are not there anymore

And the things that seem wrong begin to look right

When viewed in the softness of love's gentle light

For love works in ways that are wondrous and strange,

And there is nothing in life that love cannot change,

And all that God promised will someday come true,

When you love one another the way He loved you.

– Helen Steiner Rice ©

Love: God's Gift Divine

Love is enduring

And patient and kind,

It judges all things

With the heart not mind,

And love can transform

The most commonplace

Into beauty and splendor

And sweetness and grace.

For love is unselfish,

Giving more than it takes,

And no matter what happens

Love never forsakes,

It's faithful and trusting

And always believing,

Guileless and honest

And never deceiving.

Yes, love is beyond

What man can define,

For love is immortal

And God's gift is divine!

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

Refuge and Assurance

God’s Love Is A Haven In The Storms Of Life

God’s love is like an island

in life’s ocean, vast and wide,

A peaceful, quiet shelter from the restless, rising tide.

God’s love is like a fortress,

and we seek protection there

When the waves of tribulation

seem to drown us in despair.

God’s love is like a sanctuary

where our souls can find sweet rest

From the struggle and the tension

of life’s fast and futile quest.

God’s love is like a tower rising far above the crowd,

And God’s smile is like the sunshine

breaking through the threatening cloud.

God’s love is like a beacon

burning bright with faith and prayer,

And through all the changing scenes of life

we can find a haven there.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

Trust God

Take heart and meet each minute

with faith in God's great love,

Aware that everyday of life

is controlled by God above.

And never dread tomorrow

or what the future brings-

Just pray for strength and courage

and trust God in all things.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

Prayer Poems

This is My Prayer

Bless me, heavenly Father,

forgive my erring ways,

Grant me strength to serve Thee,

put purpose in my days …

Give me understanding,

enough to make me kind

So I may judge all people

with my heart and not my mind …

And teach me to be patient

in everything I do,

Content to trust Your Wisdom

and to follow after You …

And help me when I falter

and hear me when I pray

And receive me in Thy Kingdom

to dwell with Thee some day.

– Helen Steiner Rice ©

" A Prayer For Peace And Patience"

God, teach me to be patient, teach me to go slow.

Teach me how to wait on You when my way I do not know.

Teach me sweet forbearance, when things do not go right,

So I remain unruffled when others grow uptight.

Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising heart,

hear the answer You are trying to impart.

Teach me to let go, dear God,

and pray undisturbed until

My heart is filled with inner peace

and I learn to know Your will.

~Helen Steiner Rice ©

God's Stairway

Step by Step we climb day by day

Closer to God with each prayer we pray

For "the Cry of the heart" offered in prayer

Becomes just another "Spiritual Stair"

In the "Heavenly Staircase" leading us to

A beautiful place where we live anew...

So never give up for it's worth the climb

To live forever in "Endless Time"

Where the soul of a man is SAFE AND FREE


~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

Memorial Poem

There Is No Night Without A Dawning

No winter without a spring

And beyond the dark horizon

Our hearts will once more sing ….

For those who leave us for a while

Have only gone away

Out of a restless, care worn world

Into a brighter day.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ©

Helen Steiner Rice Lived From 1900 - 1981. She Is America's Favorite Poet And Is Still Acclaimed Worldwide.

Did You Know She Was Widowed After 3 Years Of Marriage And Lived On With A Spirit Of Hope And Fortitude?

 As You Know, She Was Blessed With Lots Of Inspirations And Shared Them With Others.

Find More Of Her Poems HERE And Also HERE

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