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Walking Stick...some lives leave an impression on us all

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Walking Stick

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Michael Auguste

I've often seen him in the park
But of his name I do not know
With cane he walks, his face is gaunt
I've heard his life has been such woe

"Walking Stick" he is known to all
Because his body thin in frame
The cane is used to steady him
For many years he has been lame

After most of life with his bride
She quietly passed away in sleep
Much of him also died with her
So hurt he was he could not weep

The children that his bride did bear
Have their own lives, does seldom see
It seems that not enough they care
At least that's how it looks to me

Old Walking Stick lives all alone
And he carves toys late at night
Then looks to make sure no one sees
And leaves them for a child's delight

So secretive he thinks he is
But all know of his kindly ways
I've even seen him in the park
On very cold December days

I found out only yesterday
That his house burned and he had died
This gentle, quiet old man was gone
How children at the park had cried

The only part left of his house
Was one small room untouched by flame
And in it were carved children's toys
The park will never feel the same



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"Love is space and time measured by the heart"
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Michael--what a beautiful and heart breaking story, yet full of the wonder of humility and selfless love.  You have told it with great tenderness...truly enjoyed.
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Michael this is so sad
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What a wonderful man you are to give a tribute to this stranger though it was sad.  It shows that you do not overlook the small but important things on life.
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4 posted 08-31-2000 05:47 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Hi Martie,

I appreciate you taking time to read this poem and the nice comments you had to make.  I also want to thank you for visiting my web site and signing my guest book.  That was sweet.  I hope your evening is a treasure.

Michael


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5 posted 08-31-2000 06:49 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Hi Paula,

Yes, it was certainly sad, and as you know, it's kind of unusual for me to post something like this.  Still, the story has been in me for a long time and I thought I'd share it.  Take care, my friend and thank you for coming by.

Michael


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Auguste, this is such a sad piece, but so well-written. It's amazing how one life can touch so many... you describe it well. Great job!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" -Shakespea
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Mark,

Thanks for stopping by.  Your kind words always mean a lot to me.

Michael


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LoveBug,

Thank you taking the time to read my poem and for the nice words you had to say  

Michael


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Michael..
          The old gentleman that you described was such a great success in his life!!  Just look at all the people that he touched and did it all without their ever knowing! Thank you for telling this wonderful story, my friend.....I needed to hear it.


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Michael....this poem is great!
It is sad yes...but very intriguing. It held my attention to the very last line.  Such a sad figure to watch in the park and yet an obvious success with the children.....is this a true story I wonder?
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Michael~
Your 'walking stick' character is wonderful.
He lives in many communities ...
often invisible to neighbors until after he's gone.

Very tenderly done, my friend.
~*Marge*~


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Michale~ I have known a walking stick in my life and this is a wonderful tribute to all of them out there... I find it funny that such a man or person so giving yet his/her family is never seen. It always made me think of how much they missed, and what kind of people could not give back to such a loving person... this one made me ponder on old thoughts... thanks...

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Michael, I have also seen the walking stick man. So glad you stopped by to post this poem. it's sad but uplifting.

Be well
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but it is the loss that shapes the image,
gathers the flowers weaves the garland."-
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Sunny,
Yes, I also consider him a great success in life, at least by my own standards.  All of us in some way touch those around without ever realizing how much of an impact our lives have on others.  Thank you for reading this.

Debbie,
No...sorry, can't tell you if the story is truth or fiction...thanks for the comments

Marge,
I agree...he lives in many communities and is often invisible until he is gone. Sad, but usually true.  I appreciate you coming by, my friend.

tori,
I found your comments very interesting and I've also wondered the same.  Thanks for the reply.

Keth,
Yes, I think everyone has seen a "Walking Stick" at some point in their lives...he knows no boundaries...I'm sure there are many of them in Australia as well.  I appreciate the comments, my friend and thanks for visiting my poem.

~Michael~


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Michael, your words bring Walking Stick to life for your reader...this is such a poignant story, my friend.

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

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Hi Claire,

Thank you for the nice words, my friend.   And you know what?  I won...50 cents   )

Take care,

Michael


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Michael, how very poignant. I am so sad for the lonliness I felt here, yet he kept on giving. Very good person, and wonderful poem and tribute to all of the ones like him.
Sandra
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Sandra,

I appreciate the visit and also the nice words.  Yes, there are a lot of these people around and for the most part are seldom noticed.

Take care,
Michael


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This was very heartfelt..beautiful writing..glad I didnt miss this one.  
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Michael*
This piece gives the reader insight into the
poet...I noticed a heart of gold, that not only
looks at what's around him but soaks it in and uses
it to learn from. Thank you for sharing this with
us. A wonderful peice that flowed gracefully~


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Hello Victoria,

Thank you for for kind words and I appreciate your stopping by  

Michael


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Butterflies,

A nicer compliment I don't think I've had in a long, long time. It really made me feel so good and I not only thank you for such a generous thing to say, but also thank  you for the sweet things you had to say about my writing. You wouldn't know it by my rambling, but right now I'm actually  blushing and am speechless.  Again, thank you, my friend.    

Michael  


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This such a wonderful, yet sad piece. You have touched me deeply with this one, I thank you for sharing it with us. Well Done!

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~This touched me deeply..To the point my heart felt warm and my eyes stung..Such a sad story but somehow kinda makes me feel there was a glint of happiness...Make sense??
Thanks for sharing...
Beth~
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