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Femme's Father
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0 posted 12-13-1999 02:25 AM       View Profile for Femme's Father   Email Femme's Father   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Femme's Father


Big brown eyes..set in a small hand-size face..
Sadly looking, expecting, tears take their place..
On the cheeks of a child, through dust a path leaving as they flow..
Little brown droplets falling, onto little bare feet below...
She stands at the border crying as she watches you go..
Hauling all your presents across the bridge from Mexico..

You gotta a fine car and a castle for a home..
I know.. you had to work for it..you are not alone..
Swimming pools, airplanes, computers, and diamond rings..
Stocks and bonds and CD's, all there for interest to bring..
Maids a cookin, food galore, lawnkeepers keepin, and still there is more..
Corvettes and a Lexus, welcome mat at the door..
But if a poor beggar came knockin, owners' countenance would be sore..

So one man has a storehouse of goods heapin high..
A little child has nothing, but lots of tears in her eyes..
A rich man, filled with food, early morn til setting sun..
A little tummy filled with hunger, searches daily for a crumb..
Presents opened by the dozens, never wanting what they got..
Little hands, no gift to open, they are someone we've forgot...


 A man's heart often cannot see the light - because of the darkness of it's own motives.... - James David
© Copyright 1999 James H. David - All Rights Reserved
Severn
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1 posted 12-13-1999 02:31 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

The child's lament is the cruelest of all.

This is wonderful - wise and bold. I wish it didn't have to be like this at all.
First__Knight
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2 posted 12-13-1999 02:38 AM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

What an eye opening look into the real world in which we live.  You did this so well I hope that the message continues.  Thank you for the look and may you be blessed by this work  

 Share what you are for you are what you share

Dark Angel
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3 posted 12-13-1999 02:38 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Femme's Father, beautiful, I too wish it didn't have to be like this.

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


poetFemmeFatale
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4 posted 12-13-1999 02:48 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Indeed, overwhelming the number of children over there who run up begging for change, while the Americans spend loads of money on "junk" to bring back....it's heartwrenching to say the least....I always feel sickened when I go....You can only do so much...Why isn't the wealth of the world distributed more evenly?  I've always wondered that....Beautiful poem dad....glad to see it.  YOU, need to get in bed young man!  LOL  (listen at me, telling my dad what to do! )  LOL   :l
DreamEvil
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5 posted 12-13-1999 03:28 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

They are not forgotten by all, nor are those children here in America that go without, forgotten by everyone.

It is a simple truth, that most are not turning the other way to pretend they don't see, they simply do not see the problem and if they do, they only see the problem and right throuh the children.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ
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"Either kill me or take me as I am,
because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

Count Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
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Rod
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6 posted 12-13-1999 03:48 AM       View Profile for Rod   Email Rod   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rod

A realistic look at the harsh, cold light of reality. No, it's not the way we want it, but it's the way it is. A very well phrased observation on a very emotive issue.
Well done!
JamesMichael
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7 posted 12-13-1999 04:15 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

A precious poem.   Could someone please forward this poem to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Warren Buffett....and yet I know that they do help in some ways.   We could all help in our own way if we chose to do so.  James
Innocent_Bystander
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8 posted 12-13-1999 06:17 AM       View Profile for Innocent_Bystander   Email Innocent_Bystander   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Innocent_Bystander

Wonderful poem, I really liked it. and yes I wish the world wasn't so @#$@#@ up but most people think that the little children can take care of themselves, but to be quit honest they can't they are just little children.....and you know more than half or the profit of the Save The Children programs DO NOT go to the children and their families..it is used to pay for the commercials and T-Shirts and other stupid items that they really don't need....It actually makes me ticked off at the stuck upness of rich and fairly well off people....instead of buying cd's and other stupid stuff spend it on a needy family or child that you might know or send it to a feed the children program even tho about a quarter of your money will only go to them it's the thought that counts.

 Any man can make a baby, But only a real man can take care of his children. ~Unknown~
RSEvans
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9 posted 12-13-1999 07:05 AM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

What a bleek view of humanity.  During the recent WTO riot in Seattle some 400 people were arrested with an average...average bail of $250.  And just where did the money go?  Can you imagine making a lump deposit of this amount into the underfunded welfare programs of Mexico?  Can you imagine deviding up this money equally into the homes of the less fortunate in Guadelupe and Alcapulco alone, where the average land-owner makes almost 50 times what the average worker does?  Sorry...must be the season.  Wonderful poem.
hoot_owl_rn
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10 posted 12-13-1999 09:38 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

So sad  
Seymour Tabin
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11 posted 12-13-1999 12:47 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Femme's Father,

I do not know
The wergild of man,
But I do what I can.

You poem was well done.
Michael
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12 posted 12-13-1999 12:55 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Forgot, indeed, or maybe we've chosen just not to see them, but they are there, none the less.  Powerful statement here, James.
Very moving.

Michael
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13 posted 12-13-1999 05:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Really broke my heart...and I like the idea of forwarding this to Bill Gates and all those guys...shall we?
Femme's Father
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14 posted 12-13-1999 09:58 PM       View Profile for Femme's Father   Email Femme's Father   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Femme's Father

Thanks to all of your replies..hope it blessed each of you in your own way..Many years ago I was in Los Flores,Mexico and a little girl about 5 years old took a liking to me because I felt compassion for her. It was her I was describing in the lines. She followed us all around and we left her standing at the exit, where she could go no farther with us. I wanted to take her home with all my heart and share our American blessings with her. I have never been able to get the thought of this little girl out of my memory..I hope this dear little girl has a good Christmas this year & I hope she finds Jesus somewhere in her life.. Loved her.She was so beautiful in all her dusty, dirty little rags with no shoes and her precious little eyes looked right through us from under all the earth upon her little body. Again thank you all.

Suffer all the little children to come unto me....
James David
Severn
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15 posted 12-14-1999 06:00 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

FF - I just read your story and it brought tears. I can see her standing there. That is so awful. I hope your prayers for her have come true.

K
Nan
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16 posted 12-14-1999 07:36 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

It's too bad that we can't save them all, isn't it James?

Nice work here......
MADDavid
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17 posted 12-15-1999 11:21 PM       View Profile for MADDavid   Email MADDavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MADDavid

If we all could just help one child this Christmas, there would not be anyone neglected or hungry.  Now off to find the one child that needs our help.  You know that Jesus said that the poor would always be with us though.  One thing about it, we know He will make the justice scales balance in time to come.

 Shine a light and darkness disappears.
JamesMichael
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18 posted 01-04-2000 09:23 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

I mentioned a few billionaire's in my last post...so I was happy to read in the paper on Dec. 28 that billionaire investor Warren Buffett and his wife, Susan, have donated 2,500 shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock worth about $134 million to four charities.  That seems like a lot and it is...recently Forbes magazine estimated Warren Buffett was worth $36 billion.  The rich do help the poor and that is a message of hope and less children that will be forgotten.  Thank you Warren and Susan Buffett.     James
Justbleu
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19 posted 01-17-2000 03:22 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

So sad....I can the little one standing there!!  It makes me want to cry!!  Nicely done!!

Take Care
Bridgette
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