Do we really need so much when many have so little?

Boxes linger,
bits of tape with shiny
Cling tight.
Scatter endlessly throughout the room.
Don’t leave.
Don’t throw them away.
It will end.
It will be over.

I tried to say I love you
With stuff.
My love
not yours.
Maybe taking time to
Talk and laugh and be crazy
Would be

Maybe money
In a budding
In a third world country
Given as a
gift in your name
Would say I love you

Maybe it would
Speak to your compassion
For all
And in some way acknowledge
the gift
You are to me.
Life that goes beyond

I’m stuffed.
You’re stuffed.
America is stuffed.
With things we do not need.
Gifts should share love.
And transcend

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.