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LindsayP
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             Paddy OíKeefe

He opened the door with trembling hands
And slowly shuffled out to the street,
Looking confused, for a moment he stands,
A picture of despair and utter defeat.

He pauses a moment at the sagging front gate
And looks both ways with unseeing eyes,
The folk rushing past unaware of his fate
But is he a figure that we should despise?

On a seat on the sidewalk, detached he sits there
And reminisces on lifeís daily demands,
The droop of his shoulders reflect his despair,
As he sits alone with his head in his hands.

His face is a road map as if etched in oil
And quite plainly reflect the ravage of time,
His wrinkled old hands tell a lifetime of toil
But many years have passed since his prime.

His sad eyes reflect a wisdom untold,
Of a lifetime of dreams that have flown,
And he thinks of his past as he sees it unfold,
Down a pathway that to us is unknown.

In his youth, what was his ambitionís design?
Did he have a wife and family to love?
What factor has brought him down this road of decline?
Did he accidentally fall or was he given a shove.

It is so easy to condemn and defame
And too often we are all apt to do that,
But would our summation still be the same
If we knew the true history of Pat..

                                                    

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Nice writing...James
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His sad eyes reflect a wisdom untold,
Of a lifetime of dreams that have flown,
And he thinks of his past as he sees it unfold,
Down a pathway that to us is unknown.


Very beautiful and sensitive write, dear Lindsay!

Old faces have such intensity, they carry the world, their own and the one of others.

Love,
Margherita

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Hi Lindsay, enjoyed the read my friend, we all carry our demons and past, when the mask is removed the truth comes out on show, maps and expressions try to explain, or sit in their own making while the days and years pass.
Take care mate, see you soon.

Rick
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LP, you painted a very vivid portrait of that poor ole Paddy. I can picture the scene ~ and feel his pain. Yours is an artistic, compassionate, and very observant eye.

Sending healing hugs out to all the Paddy's in the world.


Linda
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Lindsay~
Oh my ... you word-painted this so vividly~

I have see the "Pat's" of the world and so often feel for their sad plight~

This is very touching~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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"It is so easy to condemn and defame
And too often we are all apt to do that,
But would our summation still be the same
If we knew the true history of Pat.."

Well said!  If we knew many other things as well this world would be a better place.

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James, Margherita, Rick, Linda, Marge and

Honey Bunch, what a wonderful thing it is to have such great poets as yourselves

paying me compliments as you do. Thank you very much and hugs to you all.

Lindsay
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Wonderful write LP. Your have such wisdom and understanding of life.
                                 Ida
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nice story. Khe Iem
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really enjoyed lindsay

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another excellent write Lindsay, we sure are blessed to have you part of our blue pages.. keep telling the stories, my friend, they are wonderful! RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

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What a wonderful, wise tale... you tell it beautifully! *S*
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Oh my goodness.  I like the way you did this one, the way I could see it so clearly and well.  Nice.

Nan (Pilgrim variety)

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To you Ida, Khe Lem, Arctic Wind, Roniece,

Suthern and Pilgrimage, your generous reply's have made by day. May the good Lord smile upon you in this festive season. God Bless.

Lindsay
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I see people like Pat and I wonder how they have ended up that way.  This was a nice sympathetic treatment of the topic.
 
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