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You Never Know Who It May Be!

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Bbuzz
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0 posted 01-14-2000 02:34 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

He held the bottle close, yet loose,
His grip, now somewhat slackened.
He raised it, tried to find his mouth,
With teeth all chipped and blackened.

He did not know what time it was
Nor even what the day.
He did not feel the cold, damp ground
Beneath him where he lay.

He could not hold a thought for long.
Didn't know he'd lost his hat.
His mind and eyes completely fogged,
His brain synapses flat.

Now, in his blank and cloudy mind,
No bad thoughts came unbidden.
They stayed down where his "old self" lived,
Sequestered, lost and hidden.

He did not know how near deaths door,
But neither did he care.
This nothingness is what he sought,
Though he found no solace there.

The "locals" helped him out most times,
With money, rides or food.
He wasn't especially grateful, but
Was never, ever rude.

He'd bow and scrape like a good bum should,
His repitoire, automatic,
"God bless you sir, or ma'am," he'd say,
This harmless, likeable addict.

We'd give him rides and jobs and such
Not feeling ANY link.
We'd pay him for a job well done and
He'd toddle off to drink.

We gave him clothes and sleeping bags,
And twice, even a tent.
A mountain of beer cans filled them soon,
Where he lay, the only indent.

We could not just ignore this man,
Though at times he was a pain.
We could not leave him there to die,
In the cold and the wind and the rain.

Then one day, This AMAZING thing.
He told me his FULL name.
I'd known a boy, whose name was that!
He COULD NOT be the same!?

With bushy hair and beard and all,
He was just "one of THOSE men".
But true, our paths had crossed before.
We'd gone to school "back when"!

It's too late to make this short,
But it's not to late to try.
He's off the street and has a home.
He's sober, clean and dry.

His teeth are fixed, he eats better now.
And get this, he goes to school.
College yet, with a 3.8.
He's certainly nobody's fool.

I do not take the credit for this!
He did it on his own.
I just encouraged him when I could,
And helped him to not feel alone!

I've learned that opportunities come.
You can help or choose to ignore.
I hope we've learned to recognize them,
'Cause we may not get many more.

I thank the Lord for this one and
Am glad it did not pass us by,
And for the lessons it has taught,
"There, but for the grace of God, go I".

We are ALL here to help each other,
Where-ever, when-ever we can
That is how it's supposed to be.
That's what God wants from man.

So, help when opportunity's there.
Unveil your eyes and you'll see
Many people that you can help.
And, you never know who it may be!!


© Copyright 2000 Bbuzz - All Rights Reserved
suthern
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1 posted 01-14-2000 02:41 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Very wise words well written!!! It's so easy to show condemnation instead of compassion...
Bbuzz
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2 posted 01-14-2000 02:59 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Thank you suthern! True, It IS easier to condemn.
Denise
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3 posted 01-14-2000 03:41 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is a wonderful poem with such a great message and a great happy ending!  

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~


Bbuzz
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4 posted 01-14-2000 04:04 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Thank you dsnyder. It has been a VERY happy ending. (so far). Keep your fingers crossed for him.
Irie
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5 posted 01-14-2000 04:04 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Wow Mom. Great job. Does he know you wrote this? I think it is well put, and all so true.
Hope to see more from you soon,
Love you

~S
Irie
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6 posted 01-14-2000 04:11 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Ok, I don't know what happened to the first reply I posted, but it is all green and a funny font, and it can't be read! Sorry..
So here it goes again.
Great Job Mom, I'm impressed. Does he know you wrote this? I look forward to seeing more from you....
Love you...
~S
Bbuzz
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7 posted 01-14-2000 04:25 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

No, Baby, He doesn't know and I hope he never does. I'm sure it would be painful for him to read. He already has been hurt enough. Thanks and I love you.
Marge Tindal
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8 posted 01-14-2000 11:38 PM       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

Very tender.  Very touchingly tender.
I'm glad for your friend.
Yes, there are many out there who just
need a hand up ...
Wonderful lesson here.
Thank you for sharing this.
~*Marge*~

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Echo Rhayne
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9 posted 01-15-2000 02:21 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

So well put!  So glad to hear it has had a happy ending so far, I hope it stays that way.

 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~


Rus Bowden
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10 posted 01-15-2000 04:40 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Bbuzz,

What a way to tell a tale and such a good one too!  Nice rhyme for a happy ending.  Good to read.

Rus
Bbuzz
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11 posted 01-15-2000 11:45 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Thank you Marge! I LOVE your comments.
Bbuzz
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12 posted 01-15-2000 11:48 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Me too Echo Rhayne, Thank you! He fell off once already but put himself back in treatment. Good again now for several months.
Bbuzz
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13 posted 01-15-2000 11:50 PM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Thank you Rus! I sure appreciate all the nice comments.
Artur Hawkwing
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14 posted 01-15-2000 11:57 PM       View Profile for Artur Hawkwing   Email Artur Hawkwing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artur Hawkwing

An exceptional read. You have done someone such kindness that God has blessed you both.
Bbuzz
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15 posted 01-16-2000 12:06 AM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Thank you Artur Hawkwing! Indeed God has blessed us both! Especially me. Thank you and May God Bless you too!
CrazyChick
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16 posted 01-16-2000 12:08 AM       View Profile for CrazyChick   Email CrazyChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CrazyChick

Great work, I love the happy ending!!!
Pepper
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17 posted 01-16-2000 12:26 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

This is an extremely moving piece Bbuzz written most beautfully....  

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


Elizabeth Santos
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18 posted 01-16-2000 06:59 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This poem is moving, captivating, well written and just wonderful
Liz
Bbuzz
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19 posted 01-17-2000 08:51 AM       View Profile for Bbuzz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bbuzz

Thank You, CrazyChick, I hope it stays happy too!

Pepper, Thank you for such high praise!

Liz, Thank you too. He can always use your prayers.
THANK YOU ALL!
Justbleu
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20 posted 01-17-2000 01:16 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

What a wonderful poem....if only more people stepped outside of themselves to give a helping hand or thought of encoouragement of love to those in need this world would be a much more wonderful place....Thank You for sharing such a great story!!  Thank You!!

Take Care
Bridgette
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