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Bobby Jordan
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0 posted 01-08-2008 07:30 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Sally and Felix
sit there quiet,
New Years Day Mass,
Mother of Divine Grace
Church.

Felix is quiet and reflective.  

He’s reflecting back
on his time
in foster care
so many years ago.  

He remembers everything
about those years.  

He can forgive
being beaten,
raped,
and worked
half to death.  

The only memory
that really bites his bottom
is the Master of the house
harping about how lucky he was
to be taken in by such a
good Christian family.  

Yeah,
that really bites
his bottom.

Bobby

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Midnitesun
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1 posted 01-08-2008 07:35 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Felix IS lucky...
to be gone from that setting,
never to return.
Good to read you again, Mr Jordan.
TomMark
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2 posted 01-08-2008 07:41 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

enjoyed again your story. sigh!! it indeed really bites.
waiting for the next one.
TM
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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3 posted 01-08-2008 08:03 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

Bobby... I so enjoy reading of Felix's life.. this must have been very difficult for him...  thank you for sharing and Happy New Year to you..  love RDB

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

secondhanddreampoet
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4 posted 01-08-2008 08:17 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

Most likely...I could not do effective 'reality' writes given a million years to try!

another fine 'penning' in Felix's continuing story!
Bobby Jordan
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5 posted 01-10-2008 10:07 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Midnitesun,

Thanks for reading.  Yes, lucky indeed.   He and Sally are doing well.

TM,

Stay tuned.  There will be more from Felix.

Roniece Dawson-Bruce,

Happy New Year to youse.  Felix is doing well.  Yes, it was difficult.  Many people are unlucky that way.

Secondhanddreampoet,

I think you could do it very well.  Thanks for the kind words.

Bobby
JamesMichael
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It is our response to the things that happened in our past that determine our future...unfortunately some have more than they would like on their plate...James
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I suppose the New Year is a time for reflecting but more a time for looking forward, for me anyhow

I have found that living in the past does no good at all

hugs to Felix
Margherita
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8 posted 01-12-2008 12:47 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Hi Bobby, I understand, such events simply can't be forgotten, too tough really.

It is a sad reality that there are/were foster families who take/took in the children only to abuse them with hard work and no gratitude and love.

But of course there are wonderful people who really have a great generous heart and imitate the true Christ in helping children.

I am glad to hear Felix and Sally are doing well.

Always good to read you.

Love,
Margherita
Bobby Jordan
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9 posted 01-12-2008 01:13 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

JamesMichael,

What you say is true to a large extent.  However, by strength of will, many people are able to “get over it”.  It’s always a good thing to “get over it”.  Getting over it is many times the key to a happy future.

passing shadows,

It’s never good to “live in the past”, it is however valuable to remember the past.  Many times that allows us to make things better.

Margherita,

Yes, there are many of those wonderful people.   I remember an old friend from way back whose foster mother used to take us in after school.  She would play the piano and sing to us.

He also had some bad times with some foster parents.

Unfortunately, my friend was killed in an auto accident when he was 16 years old.  One of his foster parents had given him the car.  

The poor kid just didn’t have any good luck at all.

He's the inspiration for a lot of my writing.

Bobby
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10 posted 01-12-2008 01:42 PM       View Profile for ArtSolstice   Email ArtSolstice   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for ArtSolstice

It is so good to read your writing again, Bobby, and to hear more about Felix. Thank you for giving us an insight into the young person who inspires your writings. He was fortunate in at least one way: What a fine friend he had in you -- remembering him so well all these decades.  
Marchmadness
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Since I didn't have your experiences, I won't give you any sage advice on how you should forgive and forget about these awful events or talk to you about all of the wonderful people in the world. Obviously
the ones you met weren't so wonderful (and I know they're out there) I will just say that I enjoy the fact that you tell it like it is do it very well. This ability must be you consolation prize for all of the horrors you have endured and will touch others in ways you can't even know.
                                     Ida
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ArtSolstice,

Felix and I were very close.  We were older than our classmates.  Felix, because he had missed a year of school, after being “farmed out” to a farmer, and me because I didn’t like to go to school, and didn’t bother with it.

Felix said that he didn’t get to go to school the year he was farmed out, because there was just too much work to do on the farm.  That was in the year of his death that summer.

Ida,

Actually, I was raised by a wonderfully non-obsessive single mother.  When I was ten she informed me that I was free to do whatever I wanted to, she wasn’t going to worry about me in the least.

What better gift can you give a kid than his freedom?

Bobby
Marchmadness
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13 posted 01-14-2008 01:00 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Love.
Bobby Jordan
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14 posted 01-16-2008 08:38 AM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Ida,

Love can be a problem.

Bobby
Marchmadness
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15 posted 01-17-2008 05:21 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

If it is real love , It shouldn't be.
                                  Ida
simon
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Mr. Jordan. I just wanted you to know that I dug out all of your previous posts earlier in order to experience as much of your writing as possible and I'm really looking forward to reading more in the future.
Bobby Jordan
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17 posted 01-17-2008 08:56 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Marchmadness,

My mother loved me.

Simon,

Thanks for reading, and the very kind words.  I'm pleased my writings worked for you.

Bobby
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18 posted 01-17-2008 09:23 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Sorry, Bobby, I didn't mean to get too personal. I know you read my poem "The two of Me".......
                                 Ida
Bobby Jordan
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19 posted 01-17-2008 09:56 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Ida,

No problem about mother love.  

However, let me fill you in on a few facts.

My mother was a single mom in a rough neighborhood, and I was her only child.  

She was also very well educated, and highly intelligent.

Many mothers in her situation would have been over protective.  Mother knew however, that I had to survive, and be my own person.

It was hard for her, but she untied the apron strings, and put me in the street.  I thank her memory for that everyday.

That was sixty-one years ago.  It seems like yesterday.

She was a brave woman.  I think about her a lot.

Bobby
Earl Brinkman
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20 posted 08-24-2010 10:29 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

Thanks for sharing things about yourself and Felix.
 
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