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A Man Called Toerag

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 02-02-2000 11:31 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

A Man Called Toerag

He reveals himself in gesture
Though his hands I cannot see
He reveals facial expression
Though his face unknown to me
I can see into his spirit
What he cannot see himself
Though his treasure chest be empty
It is full of human wealth

I can feel the rhythm beating
Of inquiet solitude
Of a mind that knows no peace
Until injustice is unglued
I can feel the strong compassion
I can see the teardrops fall
I can feel the spirit moan
He sees the writing on the wall

He's a tough and weathered warrior
He's accustomed to the streets
He's been in and out and up and down
With characters he meets
He can speak the common language
He can plod the common ground
While inside there is an emptiness
A dream he hasn't found

There is laughter in the hallways
There is love within the heart
There's desire on his fingertips
And every living part
He rejoices in his playfullness
In making others laugh
He feels pride in standing up
In another one's behalf

There's a pain within his spirit
There's a wit upon his tongue
There's a restlessness about the past
And songs he hasn't sung
He is better than the best of them
And wiser than the most
And he fails to even recognize
What other men would boast

He hears rap within the strains of Bach
T. Leary was his muse
And he views Picasso canvases
In pornographic hues
He loves a short and swaying skirt
A button popping blouse
An inch above a tender knee
And beer around the house

He's self confronting, Self instructive
Self defacing, Self destructive
Self abusing, Self defaming
Introspective, and self blaming

But what I see and what I feel
Are love and beauty in his soul
A sensitive and tender heart
Beyond the simple common goal
A deep abiding sheer regard
For every soul upon the earth
A true and pure respect for
All the qualities of greatest worth

The hell-bent "bad boy" I have found
Will in the end be heaven bound
And I would hope some day to see
This face that has enraptured me

Love ya, Toe
Liz






[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-02-2000).]
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SEA
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1 posted 02-02-2000 11:40 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Liz, you said it so beautifully. I will probably never get to see him, but I can already see his heart and it's huge! He is a very sweet man.   -SEA
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2 posted 02-02-2000 11:59 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Elizabeth: I can't see to type through the tears... you've written a beautiful poem for a beautiful man... I've tried so often to say what you said in the last two verses... but you did better than I could ever have done. Thank you.
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3 posted 02-02-2000 12:02 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Elizabeth: Beautifully said..

HUSG

 Memories give you the power to collect roses in the winter...
John Yaws
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Beautiful gesture, Elizabeth
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5 posted 02-02-2000 12:31 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

So I guess this mean I had the low bid, huh, Elizabeth? When you contacted both of us and told us you would write a nice poem about the highest bidder, I was sure my $2.98 would get it, but I guess Toe turned in his empties for deposit money and beat me out. NUTS!!  

The poem is astounding. You described him perfectly, right down to his pornographic hues. And what makes it so right is that it's all absolutely true. Toe is all this and more...a man I am proud to call friend.

Excellent writing, Elizabeth!!! (now what did I do with those sour grapes I'm having for lunch?)

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Wonderful tribute to a great guy, Elizabeth! You have a true gift for seeing inside someone! Well done!  

ROFL @ Balladeer's sour grapes...hehe  
Elizabeth Santos
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Suthrn and Balladeer,
  I am so relieved that this poem reflects the man, because in reality, I don't really know him except for tidbits of information in his remarks to others poetry. But in piecing these together, these are my impressions. And as you said, Balladeer, there is even more to him, and that part I would also like to know. And you, Miss Suthrn, are the one who knows best, so thank you for the tears. And thank you all for the kinfd responses
Liz
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8 posted 02-02-2000 01:17 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
You did a wonderful job on toe and I'm sure he will be jumping for joy when he reads it.
Can't say enough about how well you write.
Love Sy
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Liz, this is amazing.  I know that Toe will be thrilled to read it, even though he will joke it with irreverence, or maybe not.  I find your perception so truly true.
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Liz, what a splendid and well~crafted poetic testimonial. I'm sure he is deserving, and equally sure he'll deny it. {G}

Well done!

Claire
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Elizabeth, this IS the picture I have had of Toe in my mind for some time...I am so glad you found the words to paint his portrait [hanging surreptitiously in all US Post Offices, as he has so adamantly pointed out himself] - but you have added the tincture of color!

Toe, Liz has done you proud.  Be the good guy, and accept KUDOS as they come.



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Ummm....uh...er.....uh....Who the hell are you?...I know my mom's dead...I was there?...Nobody knows me this well?...Did Nostradamas have a sister?....What? Have you got a crystal ball?....This is almost embarrassing? It's almost scarey?....It's as though you're telepathic?.....This is so very sweet..and so.....something..I guess I might as well admit it.....I'm damn near speechless....And that doesn't happen very often....Thanks gal....you are something else for sure......And too, the responses make me feel very very good....I'm just kinda speechless?.....Gulp!....I feel as though I've just been caught?...(Doing something mischievious).....LOL....I just can't believe anyone can "peg" me like this from what's been posted by me?.......I just don't know what to say?....thanks guys and gals..yall have been incredible to me....I guess I'm just kinda in "awe?".....
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13 posted 02-02-2000 03:13 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Okay....I've finally managed to get into control again...First of all Liz...I have no idea how you could possibly know me like this?....(does your hubby know you know another man this well?).....Secondly, I can honestly say, (especially now)...I guess you guys all know me pretty well now, and though I don't like the "me" I am....I honestly am working on my demons or problems or shortcomings or whatever you can call them...This poem by this very talented sweet person kinda just blew me away.....I do have a problem with excepting my past, contolling my temper when it's not my business, but I also have a problem with the indecencies that are perpertrated towards innocent women and children....I know, that's a good thing....but (and please don't take this as bragging, cuz it's not, it's been a handicap and a nightmare all my life, not a blessing), but I guess I could honestly say that I have had some of the best training, (fighting/self defense or whatever ya wanna call it), that is available anywhere...and I have a very serious problem going much farther than necessary when I do butt in to other's problems. I kinda carry things too far....I know that what I've done in the past was either requested by my country, or in the "fit of anger" when others were being abused or mistreated.....I keep telling myself this over and over and over....but the results are far too extreme....and it will always haunt me I guess?....If you've never taken another's life, or had to cripple someone to stop something...you'll never know what I feel....I guess my father's goal to make me stand up for the innocent, and my mother's goal to make me think of my actions/results and the after effects on family and conscience has pretty much screwed up my little mind?....But, all this aside.....I can honestly say that this poem just completely blew me away...And, who else but someone as talented as Liz couldda done it like this?.....

Balladeer...okay, your response was very much appreciated, and I'll send the CD today....LOL....
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Dear Toe,
Well, your respose says it all. See how your remarks reveal the spirit? You are very humble, and I would say too humble. Because you seem to put yourself down, and I don't know why, because you must certainly recognize who you are. I do. I am also a person of the streets, and have seen things that even you perhaps have never seen. I lived in one of the most appalling slums in the world for 2 years, where 75% of the children died before the age of 2, where killing your newborn was a method of birth control, where all your sewage and garbage was dropped into the water below your stilted house, where there was no water, sewage, or electricity. And so I learned a lot about people, and I pegged you from the start, my friend. We're 2 of a kind in many ways. I don't need a crystal ball.
Love ya
Liz
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Now, you see, the demons have been exposed, and the fact that they bother you shows what kind of spirit you have. Now everyone besides me can understand the man even more. Thank you for opening your soul to us, so that our love can pour right in.
Liz
(My response above was written before I saw your second one)

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-02-2000).]
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Liz....LIz.....Liz....  geez, Lady - The poem is great, but do you know how much harm you have done?  How much work has been destroyed by this poem????  Have you even an inkling of an idea of what you have done?  An inkling???  'Deer and I have been working for months to get Toe to where he is today, and you come along and show him that he really IS a nice, decent, respectable man.  Now 'Deer and I have to start all over again!  Oh, sure, Toerag is a great guy, defender of the innocent, upholder of womankind, admirer of beauty, lover of sheep, father figure of fatherless children, etc, etc, etc.  But you didn't have to tell HIM, did you?

Incidently, watch out for Belle - she has been known to get very eye-scratchy-outie when she sees other women swooning over this rascally scalawag.  Personally, I don't see what you women see; but then, I've seen the carefully doctored picture of him sitting back in his office chair.  I could sell copies of it to the general female population, but I'm holding out for the highest bidder.  I think Dolly Doe has a few bucks.
Elizabeth Santos
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Dear Suthrn, Don't you listen to LngJhn, I am not swooning, I am only relating what I see in a person with a very deep sense of compassion, and if I send kisses to him, they are kisses of friendship.
Love ya
Liz

LngJhn, You make me laugh. Well, looks like you and Deer have your work cut out for you.
Thanks for you response
Liz
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LongJohn....ya rascal you! I wish for you a huge ship-full of gold........and it still not be enough to pay your doctor bills! LOL
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19 posted 02-02-2000 03:47 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Elizabeth: I know... and believe me, those tears were of gratitude at seeing someone I admire so much appreciated so beautifully... not the tears of rage that some bimbos bring to these eyes... they could at least go around me instead of over me in their attempts to get to this paragon. *G* You're safe from my ever-handy baseball bat! LOL

On the other hand... LJA, you scalawag... ROFL!!!

[This message has been edited by suthern (edited 02-02-2000).]
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this IS wonderful elizabeth, truly beautiful, and yep I will take a ditto on suthern with the tears and the appreciation for a fine man....great job girl!!!!!!
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Well, before I even got to the replies, I thought "Wow!"  You really captured his very being!  Amazing how much we give of ourselves through writing.  He is....something to behold and I've enjoyed the scoundral (how do you spell "scoundral? lol) since he first arrived.  He has a deepness that he tends to hide whenever possible...but we all know it's there.  

You have him pegged.  He said so himself.  Wonderful job, Liz.    
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Liz, This is a wonderfull poem, for one that deserves high esteam. I haven't been here long, but what I have seen has made me roll of my chair and choke on my crackers. He just seems to come out of left field and stick his charm into any posting, and its the kinda charm that would rust the chrome off a 57 chev. Toe if your ever up Canada way lets have a beer. When you cross the border just ask for me. There are lots of good beer joints I know you'd love, of course I wont be going into them. So if your up our way, send warnings. So cheers to a great poem, and to the man with a very big heart in his Toe, or is that a big Toe in his heart, anyway its big.

Parker
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Liz, you have worded it wonderfully!  I have many times told him the same thing, but he don't believe me...He is a great person with a big caring heart and that shows through, like the sun on a cloudy day!

Couldn't have said it better! Now listen to her Toe!
Elizabeth Santos
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24 posted 02-02-2000 08:44 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you all very much. I find the resposes more intreguing than the poem.
Liz
 
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