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The Day of the Senator

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 02-06-2000 09:41 PM       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

The Day of the Senator

A small crowd gathered in the street
The dirt street of the slum
In anticipation
For the Senator to come

And one then asked a question
As he stood in patient wait
Why would he come to this place
A Senator from the States

I knew why he was coming
For his hostess I would be
And spend a day showing him
Just what he came to see

He came to witness poverty
The worst conditions yet
That one could ever imagine
That this cruel world could beget

Then the two of them appeared
And the crowd began to cheer
And the Brazilian said, Imagine
A Senator coming here

Then the couple shook my hand
And asked about this place
And a look of true amazement
Fell upon their face

Then he greeted people in the street
And doorways of their shacks
An American Senator being here
Had many taken back

He wanted then to wander
On the walkways and the planks
To the houses on the water
Beyond the muddy banks

But his wife, she could not bear it
The squalor and the stench
And waited on the dry land
For the sight her heart did wrench

So I walked him to the water
And we balanced on wooden walk
And he waited as I translated
And to everyone he talked

What do you play, he asked a child
Soccer, said the boy
And who's the best player, then
Pele!, he cried with joy

He stopped and asked a mother
How many children, she said nine
He said, I myself have ten
And I am doing fine

He gathered facts and never stopped
And remembered each detail
And asked to learn some Portuguese
And used it without fail

And when the day was over
He spoke these final words
To the devoted little crowd
Who remembered what they heard

You must educate your children
It is the only way
To help improve their futures
And to see a brighter day

Three years then passed, since that day
He spoke on that muddy spot
And I was watching him on TV
The day that he was shot

The people of Brazil to this day
Often speak his name
The day Robert Kennedy came here
We would never be the same

Elizabeth Santos



[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-06-2000).]
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Breathe~
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1 posted 02-06-2000 09:51 PM       View Profile for Breathe~   Email Breathe~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Breathe~

I have BUMPS!!
goosebumps...

that was a very sad day for us all...
and a very moving way of remembering... )
Seymour Tabin
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2 posted 02-06-2000 09:58 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
Your ability with words is great indeed.
And you write a wonderment of human need.
I think you are a phenomen of poetic reveal.
With a mind that sees beyond social appeal.
An excellent poem. Love Sy
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3 posted 02-06-2000 10:05 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Incredible, Elizabeth! Absolutely breathtaking this piece is. I salute you, poet!
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4 posted 02-06-2000 10:13 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

Elizabeth, my friend-
What a wonderful story.
President John F. Kennedy was a
remarkable ambassador to other countries.
What a joy it must be for you to have
been part of this moment in history.

I remember being in college when he first ran for the presidency.  I wasn't old enough to vote for him.  We formed a teen group who worked for his campaign and formulated the slogan -
You Elect Him ... We'll Re-elect Him

Sadly it didn't work out that way.
Thank you for a touching look back.
~*Marge*~


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Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 02-06-2000 10:16 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

WOW! I wasn't expecting such reponses. Thank you. You brought this poem about, Balladeer, with your Abraham Martin and John. It reminded me of the day I spent with Robert and Ethel Kennedy, who wanted to visit a Peace Corps site, and mine was chosen for the visit. You brought back memories of turbulent times
Liz
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6 posted 02-06-2000 10:17 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

You are an amazing poet. I wish I could do that. This is so moving. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!  -SEA
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7 posted 02-06-2000 11:39 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wonderful poem, Elizabeth! A real slice of history and you were a part of it!!

Denise
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8 posted 02-07-2000 07:54 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you for sharing your memories so eloquently!
Elizabeth Santos
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9 posted 02-07-2000 08:09 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

SEA, Thank you

Denise and Suthern, It's amazing when you think back on that decade. There was no other like it. Thanks
Liz
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WOW......you are a master story teller Liz  
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BRAVO LIZ!  You are amazing with that pen and mind of yours. BRAVO!

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When you can't make up your mind
Which way is right for you,
Stop and softly ask yourself,
What Would Jesus Do?
Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 02-07-2000 11:26 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Hoot And WhtDove, You both honor me. Thank you
Liz
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No wonder we love you, Elizabeth the Wise - you have touched history.  Thank you so much for sharing this remarkable day in time.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Echo Rhayne
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14 posted 02-07-2000 07:00 PM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

OH WOW!!  Liz, this is touching, brought tears to my eyes!  Im at a loss for words!  

 Just be glad I'm not your child! *evil grin*

Martie
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15 posted 02-07-2000 09:04 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Liz, my friend, you are a wonder.  I love seeing the remarkable tidbits of your life that you share through your poetry.  What a unique view you have given of a captured memory. So well written, of course.
Elizabeth Santos
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16 posted 02-07-2000 09:24 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Sunshine, Thank you

Echo, So glad you're still around. Thanks so much for that remark

Martie, Little tidbits make the whole. i'm so glad you liked this poem

Liz
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17 posted 02-08-2000 12:11 AM       View Profile for Gemini   Email Gemini   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gemini

This was a fantastic poem.  Very sad and with feeling.
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18 posted 02-26-2000 07:58 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Elizabeth, What an honor you had and you captured it beautifully.
Elizabeth Santos
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19 posted 02-26-2000 09:01 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you Gemini and Lost Dreamer for your kind comments
Liz
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20 posted 04-28-2000 05:58 AM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

Another amazing poem....I can't even begin to describe the emotion evoked in me by this one. Wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


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21 posted 06-12-2015 01:00 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I needed to read your words today... and needed to put this one into my library.
 
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