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Felix Must Be Ignored

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Bobby Jordan
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0 posted 01-21-2008 11:39 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

Felix is on Main Street.  
Everyone is out today.  

They are rushing by,
it seems, in globs.  

Felix sees many young faces.  
Faces just like his, but cleaner.  

He thinks they could be friends.  
He smiles at them.

They donít smile back,
because

Felixís hairsí not combed,
that just wonít do.

Felix doesnít smell too good,
donít get too close.

Parents walking bye,
distract their children.  

They try to set their minds
on something else.

Children mustnít know of Felix,
he doesnít exist for them.  

Heís alien,
from another world.

The children must be protected.
They mustnít know.

Felix must be ignored.

Bobby
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Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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1 posted 01-22-2008 12:05 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

oh no Bobby... I would never ignore Felix... he just needs some nurturing care and love... enjoyed this always  love RDB

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

TomMark
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2 posted 01-22-2008 12:08 AM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

What a cruel world. If I were there, I were sure one of this kind of parents. If today, i probably do the same. Why? talking about discrimination, this is one of them... Judging by looking. 3 yeas ago in Nashville,  in a McD, I saw a woman in a kind of dirty cloth and a girl of about 10 yrs old was with her. They came in and sat at one of the table,  empty eyed. I had no cash then in my purse. They did not eat and left after a policeman came in. I probably will never forget them.  How I wished that I bought a simple meal for them! I know that you are writing a true story so I know it will reveal  the naked picture of human soul. shamed!!
Earth Angel
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3 posted 01-22-2008 12:25 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

During my life, I had seen similar situations and they broke my heart. I am reminded of a little girl who was in the same class as I was, in grades 5 and 6 in northern Ontario. I still remember her name. She was filthy, had lice, and she smelled. The other children would taunt her and would never play with her. She literally did live in a tar-paper shack on the wrong side of the tracks. I befriended her and would bring her food to eat. I would occasionally go to her 'house' (that had dirt floors) after school. We had to walk through a forest and cross abandoned railway tracks.

Even her teeth were rotten. They had no running water nor electricity. I felt so bad for her. I would give her some of my clothes and my allowance. She did not even have boots so I gave her a second pair of mine. She made me swear to never tell anyone where she lived and how poor they were. I got teased for being her friend but she had more substance and heart than any of the other children and I stuck by her for two years. Then one day, she simply was gone. The tar paper shack was abandoned and I never knew what happened to her.

Bobby, your sad poem has brought all these memories flooding back.

God bless all the Felixes and Janettes of this world.


Linda
Bobby Jordan
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4 posted 01-22-2008 12:46 AM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Roniece Dawson-Bruce,

Thatís good RDB, I tend to be a soft touch myself.

TomMark,

It is a cruel world.  However, individual people are not cruel.  

I remember in hungry days how painful it was to pass restaurant windows and watch people inside eating.  

Iím sure that if I asked them for help, they would have fed me.  I was too proud for that.  It was a loss for me, and for them.  So I made use of garbage cans.  

There is always a way.  

Earth Angel,

You did good.  Iím sure, whatever her circumstances, that somewhere out there, Janette sometimes remembers your kindness.  Janette was a lot of fun to play with, wasn't she?

God bless them indeed.

Bobby
Margherita
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5 posted 01-22-2008 01:29 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Ah, Bobby, the world is all wrong and will remain wrong until there will not be one single being suffering like Felix, being rejected, hungry and cold.

You are right, there are people and also associations who provide and care, but it is not enough. The assistance can't be only a one time or temporary service. It's a much greater problem which has to be solved by governments on the economic social level.

Thank you for the sad reminder.

love
Margherita
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6 posted 01-22-2008 02:07 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

People are foolish to think they can ignore Felix. He has always been with us and probably will be for some tome to come,
                                Ida
                        
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7 posted 01-22-2008 02:16 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark



I saw your great dignity, sir!
Sunshine
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8 posted 01-22-2008 03:22 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Like Linda, I had a friend who was in a similiar position in life. This was long ago, in the 6th grade. Unlike Linda, I didn't get to establish a good relationship with her because she was not allowed to "make friends" for whatever reason.

No reason ever that we need to ignore the Felix's in this world, Robert. All one needs is a wee bit of compassion.

secondhanddreampoet
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9 posted 01-22-2008 05:56 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

I'm glad there are some folks that have the courage and ability
to do effective 'reality' (and 'social impact/conscience') writes!

continuing applause for this 'chapter' in Felix's story!
Bobby Jordan
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10 posted 01-22-2008 05:59 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Margherita,

American society struggles along, but doesnít do a good job with anything important.  The U. S. has one of the lowest tax rates in the so called civilized world.  Felix is pretty well fed-up with that situation.

Ida,

Felix doesnít like to be ignored.  Heís bent on not being ignored again.

TomMark,

My so called ďdignityĒ has always been a problem for me.  As I grow older, Iím slowly taming the beast.

Sunshine,

Felix is working to take care of those little problems.  Heíll not take it lying down.

Some families are like that.  They are very reclusive.  Some times for good reason, such as criminality.  We all do the best we can.

Bobby
Bobby Jordan
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11 posted 01-22-2008 06:02 PM       View Profile for Bobby Jordan   Email Bobby Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bobby Jordan

Secondhanddreampoet,

We must have cross posted.

All it takes is a good memory, and time to write it up.

Thanks for the kind comment.

Bobby
Earl Brinkman
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12 posted 08-19-2010 01:00 AM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

Felix`s tale reminds me of an episode from one of my favorite books - `A Tree Grows In Brooklyn` in which children didn`t want to sit next to a little girl because she smelt bad.  The circumstances may have been different but the effect must have been the same on the child.
 
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