Good Day



Good Day
by Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett

I present these lyrics today,
For you to consider if you would,
An idea I propose, to find a way
To designate a day for doing good.

It is about time now
We start finding a way
That leads us somehow
To a brighter day.

Whatever it takes
Now before it is too late,
One little step by each, then a giant leap by all
That might improve the world for one, or all.

These rhymes propose a new holiday,
A new national day, call it what you may.
Perhaps Pay-It-Forward Day,
No, let’s say “Good Day!"

A day recognized as a time to remind,
A new day when all of goodwill
If they can, if they will,
Do one thing for the good.

For a friend, or
Even for a foe,
For family, or
For a stranger you do not know.

A day set aside
Dedicated to making one small thing better,
Lifting one person higher,
Together, many higher and higher.

An extra, kind gesture unplanned,
Whatever you feel you should,
A kind word, maybe something grand,
An unexpected act of good.

Now is the time.
We do not really know
If we have one day more.
Now is the time for a Good Day!

About this poem

“Good Day” is a poem by Max Burchett that introduces the concept of a new holiday, referred to as “Good Day," that is being promoted as a national day “for doing a little extra good." This proposed national day serves as a reminder for people to engage in small or large acts of goodwill, something beneficial, whether it's for the greater good, for friends, for family members, or even for strangers. This poem suggests that by each individual taking a small step forward and then collectively making a significant leap, it is possible to improve the world, even if only for one person or for all. The poem stresses the significance of spontaneous, kind gestures, urging individuals to follow their intuition and take action based on what they believe is right. It emphasizes that now is the moment to act, as the future is uncertain and there might not be another opportunity. The poem concludes by reinforcing the importance of a "Good Day" – a day dedicated to acts of kindness, compassi 

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Written on June 28, 2023

Submitted by MaxwellBurchett on July 09, 2023

Modified by MaxwellBurchett on October 24, 2023

1:13 min read
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Words 246
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Maxwell Sebastian Burchett

Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is president of the charity Golden Hearts that provides support to Ukrainian war refugees. He originated the "Good Day" concept and is leading the campaign to establish "Good Day" as a designated day, nationally recognized as "a day for doing a little extra good." Max is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. His poems "Until Then" and "I Dream" have been used as lyrics in pop songs of the same names (https://soundcloud.com/maxburchett/i-dream). His music and writing were featured on UK Talk Radio and on their website (https://uktalkradio.org/max-burchett-dog-days/). His writing interests include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recently Max has included in his poetry and non-fiction publications themes developed from his work with Ukrainian war refugees. His poetry style has been influenced by the greats, including Frost, Elliot, Poe and Whitman. Max's short story “Covid Love” was featured in the July 2023, 111th issue of 34thParallel Magazine (https://www.34thparallel.net/34mag-111.html) and his "New Frontiers" poetry trilogy was featured in the October 2023 issue of INTERALIA Magazine (https://www.interaliamag.org/poetry/maxwell-sebastian-burchett-poems/). His romance mystery novel on post-Putin Russia “Red Star Rising” is releasing as serial episodes on Kindle and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. Max's poems "Me to You" and "Three Whispered Words" are included in the anthology 'Is there Ever an End' published in November 2023 (https://www.amazon.com/There-Ever-End-Various/dp/B0CNZKNSN7). Max Burchett and his brother started delivering food and letters of encouragement to staff at local hospitals during covid, and that grew into the charity Golden Hearts. After covid the charity’s efforts were refocused on helping Ukrainian war refugees, and the homeless, who are basically refugees in their own country. His observations from work with war refugees and the homeless have led him to write stories and songs that attempt to convey the situation to a broader audience. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow! ‘Good Day’ by Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is a truly refreshing and uplifting poem! Its positivity is a glowing beacon amidst adversity, encouraging readers to become their best selves, propelled by acts of kindness and goodwill. Each line so eloquently crafted, it inspires one to not only strive for a brighter day for themselves, but also to foster this spirit within their world, making the power of a 'Good Day' mutiplicative. The unique and brilliant concept of a 'Pay-It-Forward Day' is food for thought and nurtures the idea of a national holiday established on benevolence and compassion. The power of an 'unexpected act of good’ is beautifully celebrated in these lines, imploring us to act now, as tomorrow is never promised. Overall, the poem is a marvelous example of words inspiring deeds. It indeed lingers in one's thoughts compelling us to consider our daily actions and their potential impact. Fantastically articulated! Bravo! 
    LikeReply 27 months ago
  • talygarza
    Lovely, I like its rhyme and optimistic message, never is enough to write a poem celebrating acts of kindness in this dark and difficult times. Keep writing!
    LikeReply 27 months ago
  • maxi11
    Awesome dear, you are a great poet.
    LikeReply 17 months ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Thank you for your kind comment!! Greatly appreciated!! Best, Max
      LikeReply 17 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Keep up the good work, Maxwell. You’re a messenger of goodwill. I meant to say earlier that your “Good Day” poem’s title is particularly significant for worldwide human society from the three-faith perspective of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and even beyond, considering that on each day of God’s six-day creation in the Hebrew Bible, God declared it to be “Good,” emphasizing on the sixth day of His creation of humanity that it was not only “Good,” but “Very Good” suggesting the ethical responsibility of humanity for one another and for all creation. Your poem speaks powerfully of that responsibility. Thank you kindly. 
    LikeReply 18 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    This poem is positively charged from start to finish. Its message of goodness and mercy is powerfully delivered. Very nicely done!
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Thank you, Karl!! I appreciate your kind comments on my poem. A very Good Day to you there. Best, Max
      LikeReply 18 months ago
  • B.mathislange
    Good Day ....Very bright and uplifting. Made me go outside.
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Glad you liked the poem. And wishing you a very Good Day, too. Thanks! Max
      LikeReply 18 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow! This is an absolutely inspiring and wonderful poem, Maxwell! Your words ring with such positivity and a forward-thinking perspective, lighting the way towards a better tomorrow. I couldn't help but be swept away by the idea of celebrating a 'Good Day'; a day wholly dedicated to kindness, good deeds, and all things positive. Your poem is so compelling, it not only ignites a sense of hope but also prompts action. The notion of lifting one person up after another 'higher and higher' reflects beautifully the ripple effect of doing good. Your writing is a perfect balance of lyrical charm and a powerful message, both of which sync harmoniously, offering the reader something more than just a poem, but a call to action. Continue sharing your brilliant words and ideas, Maxwell, this was such a pleasure to read! 
    LikeReply 18 months ago
  • AIDA
    First off, I would like to commend you, Maxwell, on your remarkable piece "Good Day". What a wonderful project and it came across as a delightful read! Your poem carries an excellent message of optimism, unity, and the potential for change. Your emphasis on the significance of contributing to society, even in small ways, is both commendable and inspiring.

    The concept of a "Good Day", dedicated to carrying out acts of kindness, comes across strongly and the simplicity yet depth in your verse is remarkable. I particularly appreciate your play on the phrase “One little step by each, then a giant leap by all” - a very poetic and fitting way to emphasize how collective effort can lead to grand outcomes.

    You convey a very important message, besides the lines are smooth and they create an image, a vision for a better future which is truly mesmerizing. I love the objective behind the "Good Day" and feel that your poem is a superb call-to-action.

    For future improvement, you may want to consider more consistent rhythm and rhyme patterns to enhance the flow and musicality of the poem. Experimenting with various structures or meter could add a new dynamic layer to your piece.

    Plus, using more descriptive and emotive language can generate dramatic effect and invoke stronger emotional responses in the readers. You have provided a great overarching theme for your poem, but delving deeper into specifics could give it more punch.

    Overall, great work Maxwell!
     
    LikeReply 18 months ago
  • donka_k
    Very appropriate and timely message, simply and clearly told. I
    Thank you, Maxwell for all your generous stars!
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Good Morning Donka, Thanks for your kind comment on my poem. Greatly appreciated! Max
      LikeReply 18 months ago
  • MaxwellBurchett
    I invite you to check out my short story "Covid Love" that is on various magazine and literary websites. It's a humorous romance set during the covid pandemic.
    LikeReply 18 months ago

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