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Viet Nam vet will work for food

by Michael


“Viet Nam vet will work for food”
was what his cardboard sign had read.
I watched him take people’s money,
“Jesus loves you” he always said.

Gray hair and living in the woods,
I offered him a job one day,
to help rebuild his self esteem,
but would he work?  There was no way!

It seems, Jack Daniels was his friend
and that is why he had no home.
His wife had left and children, too.
All that he did, was drink and roam.

He never served in Viet Nam.
It angered me to find he lied,
because so many of our young,
had lost their limbs, so many died.

He also didn’t believe in Christ.
Was using Him to take us in,
to get as much as he could get,
then, "Jesus loves you” with a grin.

It was much later I found out,
when handcuffed, he was led away.
He had been wanted by the law.
Thank God, they caught him on that day.

A child molester, on the run
and now he’d have to serve his time.
Not sure this demon, dressed in flesh,
deserves his story set to rhyme.

(What you have just read is a true story)

Stars will shine when I am gone
Earth will spin on as before
Gulls still race along the shore
Morning star, still kiss the dawn

~ M. Auguste

© Copyright 2002 Michael Auguste - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 03-12-2002 04:33 PM       View Profile for Startime   Email Startime   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Startime's Home Page   View IP for Startime

OH Blast....people like him make it so hard for the truly honest ones of which there are so man....I am sorry that you came across someone who was so undeserving of your compassion....I am glad he was caught too....Thank you for sharing this with me...**big hugs**

Love I leave with you whether it is in your life now or yet the essense of your dreams.

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(tears fall down my cheeks) Oh Michael, this is sooooooo sad and horrifying, I don't understand how such people like him can be so cruel! (big hugggssssss) This is so very heartwrenching, sweet friend, my heart goes out to the child and to many others hurt by these hypocrites, we all love you so much! God Bless You! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Michael, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton
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Wow need I say more?
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Wow this is really powerful, it's unfortunate when we get taken in by people who abuse our trust. Thank you for sharing this.

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5 posted 03-12-2002 06:49 PM       View Profile for bslicker   Email bslicker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bslicker

i totally agree with all of the above,
the world is a cruel world these days.

thanks for sharing
sad but a good write.
hopefully your next will be of the better.


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Auguste - gee whiz....this angers me and frightens me at the same time. Well done. Chris

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Sad. I've seen this scene before, but I'm sure it's the exception rather than the rule.
I can only imagine the type of conscience that man has, if any at all.
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Michael

It's one thing to be poor and in need of help, but to use being a vet as a reason, when it isn't true...is pretty low.  Good writing, Michael.  
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This just goes to show you how low some people will go!  This really burns me up!
Good write Michael....very well told.
~Hugs, Nancy~

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Dancing with you in the summer rain~

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oh........blankity blank blank blank blank blank.......@#*@!!........this kinda crap fires me up!!  This reminds me of one I wrote about abused children once.  I'll have to find it.  Well done Michael!!

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He doesn't deserve this rhyme but I am glad that you let us know that he was arrested...James
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When I read the title, I thought it was going to be a very touching piece. You really threw a twist in there. That’s terrible that someone would lie about being a veteran to con people. And a child molester? Well, I’m sure I don’t have to expound my thoughts on that subject. What goes around comes around. He will get his in prison, I’m sure.

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Mike - Some people have absolutely no shame.  Good thing he was taken off the streets before he hurt another child, but knowing our judicial system, he is probably out on parole and wondering them again.  Nice writing.

Dave
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Michael,

   Thank God he was finally taken where he belonged.  Unfortunately, what Dave said is true, he'll be out way to soon. Good write.

Hugs,
Tara

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It has been awhile since i have been here with work and putr probs. But this poem cught my eye and as i read it jerk my heart. Why does this happen does anyone care looks like some one took the time to share.

A very toughing and yet distrubing picture of what is out there in the world today.

Well done
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Excellent expression here, Michael!

It's astounding how low people will stoop.  And being a child molester and exploiting the term 'veteran'...just sickens me!
Although I'm sure that he won't serve too much time, at least justice has prevailed for now.

Take care,
Melissa~


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it is a song that rises from a bleeding
wound...or a smiling mouth"

~Kahlil Gibran~

[This message has been edited by Melissa Honeybee (03-13-2002 01:05 AM).]

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I don't know what the laws are down there but a child molester here is degraded publically for a very long time, and usually serves out their full sentence, so I hope he gets exactly what is coming to him for that.  I can't even start on what I feel about him impersonating a Vietnam Vet, for if I started I would never stop, so I will simply say this was no "man" and I hope that he gets everything coming to him. Good story telling on a true topic Michael.  

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18 posted 03-13-2002 01:38 AM       View Profile for Masked Intruder   Email Masked Intruder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Masked Intruder

Excellent topic, Michael.  You conveyed your distaste well.
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Its difficult, in the face of things like this, to keep the desire to help other human beings on faith. I know the aim here is at this man, his deception, and his arrest. All of that comes through very well here. enjoyed.


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Of that tongue’s uttering, yet I know the sound:" "Romeo and Juliet"

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That's why panhandlers get zilch from me!
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Really good writing and your message comes through clearly. Such a shame how some use scams like this to lure we "Tender-hearted" in. I confess I'm one. Vietnam Vets have such a special place in my heart that I'm a big softie. It is wise, though, to know who you're giving to. The best advice I give these me is to get in touch with Vietnam Vets of America or other organizations. I wrote my own take on this situation which I'll post soon. Thanks for yours. Cheryl
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Aack, Damn con artists. I am so tired of deceit!
Nicely done poem, though.
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