(von Lucimar Santos de Lima)
As the old woman walked along the beach at dawn,
she noticed a young woman ahead
of her picking up starfish
and flinging them back into the sea.
Finally, catching up to the youth,
the woman asked her why she was doing this.
The answer was
that the stranded fish would die if left in the morning sun
"But the beach goes on for endless miles
and there are millions of starfish,"
countered the other.
"How can your effort make any difference?"
The young woman looked at the starfish in her hand
and then threw it safely into the waves
"It makes a difference to this one," she said.