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  'Things that cannot be bought' , from 'Choice for Teenagers'
by Audrey Coatesworth
Thursday, December 09, 2010
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This poem, from 'Choice for Teenagers',by Dr Audrey Coatesworth is a favourite with people and is about 'things that cannot be bought' - some of the important values of life - kindness, courage, endurance and hope. From the book,'Choice for Teenagers'

Listen to the poem on 'Choice for teenagers' website at - as TTCBB 

Listen to the song from this poem,'The Man' - music written and song sung by Toby Huelin 

In the book, 'Choice for teenagers'

Things That Cannot Be Bought


I saw a man, he had a coat - like gold it shone so clear

I asked him where he bought it and had it cost him dear?

'You cannot buy a coat like this', he replied to me

'It is called Courage - but it did not come free

‘I went through a field of pain, I got to the other side

I had no one to help me and no horse with me to ride'


I saw a man with a hat - it was like a silver moon

I asked him where he bought it and could I get one soon?

'You cannot buy a hat like this’, he replied to me

‘It is called Kindness - and it did not come free

I helped one who was lost and one who could not walk

One who had no food and drink and one too ill to talk’


I saw a man with shiny boots, strong - light as if a feather

I asked him where he bought them - he said he hadn't - ever

‘You cannot buy boots like these’, he replied to me

‘They are called Endurance and they do not come free

I had to work beyond my strength and for so very long

No other there to lift the load and no help came along’


I saw a man with a light - that shone so far and bright

I asked him where he bought it - as it beamed into the night

‘You cannot buy a light like this’, he replied to me

‘It is called eternal Hope. It was given to me - free

I had lost direction, I had battled to the end

I had coped when all seemed lost, for myself I had to fend


Then a light I suddenly saw - upon my darkest day

I did not ask, it was just there - and then I found my way’

You have to find your Courage

 Kindness comes from very deep 

 Endurance needs much effort


Hope is yours - to keep


With my permission, a young and talented musician/composer Toby Huelin has made this poem into a beautiful song called 'The Man'- to listen go to

Toby Huelin's songs

Poem is CopyrightA Coatesworth 2007











Choice for Teenagers

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Reviewed by Ray Huelin (Reader)
I absolutely love this poem and the message stays with me long after I read the poem.Thankyou for posting it on this site.
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