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JerryPat2
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0 posted 12-19-2016 04:34 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

we see them everywhere in the cities
sitting on benches
sprawled in alleyways
their broken, destroyed lives
desires and dreams washed away
what is left of their spirit
has been
hollowed out until nothing is there
thought process assaulted and corrupted
taken to levels of profound despair
that no one should ever have to sink into
their one remaining sentiment
bitterness
the social order has trod upon
and destroyed their sense of humanity
so they sit and lie
upon benches and alleyways
in despair
without hope
forever damaged

stop!
why donítíya

stop and spend some face time with him
bring his story out
listen to him
say Merry Christmas like you mean it
to him
crease his hand
with more money than
you expected to spend on him
eh . . . who knows
maybe you will have said something
to give him a new look at his life
maybe he wonít spend your money
on rotgut whiskey
maybe your visit gave him courage
to try and turn things around
you never know
it could

©December 19, 2016 / Jerry Pat Bolton


~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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Cari
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Englnand


1 posted 12-19-2016 07:02 PM       View Profile for Cari   Email Cari   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cari

This poem screams at the reader and makes it very hard not to revert to a political reply but this is not the time or place. So for me this is your best poem and it should be published, yes itís that good.
Heartfelt stuff mate.

Cari
JerryPat2
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South Louisiana


2 posted 12-19-2016 08:47 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

So many thanks are going out to you, Cari. I am thankful my poem favorably reached out to you. Your words mean so much to me.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
2islander2
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since 03-12-2008
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by the sea


3 posted 12-19-2016 11:30 PM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

superb, jerry, we see too much, we talk not enough, a poem to change the world here, words can do a lot
yann


Ari Squire
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In The Phallus Lane


4 posted 12-20-2016 01:12 AM       View Profile for Ari Squire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ari Squire

To be in the woods or even the wilderness, one can find many means to survive, myriad ways even. But in the concrete world of apathy and indifference,  a penny's worth of compassion is worth a fortune in smiles. We give, not to pay for the smile we receive, but in the heart of Man, it's the right thing to do. "It is better to give than receive". Everyone's heard that, but few practice it.

Not only is your poetry gold Jerry, your heart is as well. You can't just make this up, it has to come from deep within you and your own life's experience.

My glass is raised to you...Salute!  

Loving Linny Jean is poetry.

JerryPat2
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5 posted 12-20-2016 08:42 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you so much, Ari, you words touch me this morning. Eh, it is that time of the year when we think more of giving, I guess than any other time. There are truly some very desperate, needy people on the streets of America these troubled days. Yep. You're right. I've been there. I pulled myself out of it.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

JerryPat2
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6 posted 12-20-2016 09:17 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Appreciate your thoughts, Yann. You bet, words can move and reshape the world, that's a fact.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

HM3
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TX


7 posted 12-27-2016 06:54 PM       View Profile for HM3   Email HM3   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for HM3

H. U. G. S. (Humans Utilizing Gifts Successfully)

So hard to know what to do or say when I witness those that for reasons only they know are wandering the streets and camping under a bridge or sleeping on a bench. I want to purposely help but I allow my eyes to turn away with no words spoken. Only a silent prayer.

Work like money doesn't matter, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching...


JerryPat2
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8 posted 12-27-2016 11:01 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

That's your business, HM3, you do what you want . . .

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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