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On A Cold Winter Night

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Eloise
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0 posted 01-08-2000 11:37 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Eloise

A man in his fifties, his face weathered and worn.
Wearing layers of clothing all tattered and torn.
To get his next meal, to the soup kitchen he goes.
Then off for the night to a place that he knows.

On the streets of some cities walk the hungry and weak.
To get out of the cold, some shelter they seek.
But the beds are all full in all of these places.
So a night in the cold alley is what he now faces.

In a dark corner he huddles and sleeps all alone.
Wrapped in a thin blanket on a cold slab of stone.
I watched as he lay so silent and still.
Now and then he would quiver from the cold night chill.

Then a sobering thought came into my mind,
About the family and loved ones that he left behind.
I couldn't help but wonder how many people, young and old,
Are asleep all alone in this shivering cold.
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Paul Hoekman
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1 posted 01-09-2000 12:01 AM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

Wonderful!
and so true
on so many levels.
EARTHMAN
(Paul Hoekman)ie.
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CrazyChick
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2 posted 01-09-2000 12:27 AM       View Profile for CrazyChick   Email CrazyChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CrazyChick

Your poem is beautiful...beautiful but sad!!!
Eloise
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3 posted 01-09-2000 12:58 AM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Thanks Paul and CC.  I find it very sad the plight of the homeless.  Most are not out there by choice.  And it makes you appreciate all the more what you have.  
hoot_owl_rn
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4 posted 01-09-2000 09:32 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

Thanks for seeing something most people turn their backs on...well voiced!!
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5 posted 01-09-2000 09:47 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Eloise -

Like you, I worry about the number of homeless who lay cold on the streets.
I try to do my part ... a warm blanket,
a gift certificate for a meal ...
and then as I sit warm in my home ...
their memories haunt me.

Right you are ....
MOST ARE NOT THERE BY CHOICE.
Can I do more ... I don't know,
but I'm sure gonna try.
Thank you, Eloise.
~Marge~
Eloise
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6 posted 01-09-2000 12:21 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Thank you Ruth.  You're right people do tend to look the other way.  But it's out there and it really can't be ignored.

Marge, glad to see you back.  This does not surprise me as to what you do on your part.  You have such a kind heart.  Thank you.
Denise
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7 posted 01-09-2000 07:23 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This poem has touched me deeply. We should never look down upon any man,  unless we are looking down to lend a hand up. There but for the grace of God go I, or anyone of us. Excellent poem, Eloise!

 Denise

HelmutB
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8 posted 01-09-2000 07:45 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

I can only agree with all of the above
Very nice written, excellent so I think


 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.


Eloise
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9 posted 01-09-2000 11:37 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Thanks Denise and HelmutB for reading and caring and for once again wise words Denise.
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