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A Man Called Toerag (From Open #5)

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 09-04-2003 08:37 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


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
At at all the writing on the wall

He's a tough and weathered warrior
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
Dec 2000

Still love ya, Toe
You're the best!

© Copyright 2003 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
suthern
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1 posted 09-04-2003 09:23 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I've read this many times, for it's in my library. *S* But I will never forget the first reading... or his stunned reaction to your reading him so well. *S* I can only compare it with someone walking into an art gallery and seeing their portrait when they didn't remember posing. *S*

He is a dear... and so are you... I'll email the scalawag so he doesn't miss this... thank you! *S*
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2 posted 09-04-2003 09:41 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun


What a poem! What a poet friend!

I'm wondering if a Toe can smile?
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3 posted 09-04-2003 09:42 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

He's all of that, Liz....and more.


(er, but didn't you mean second-best?)
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4 posted 09-04-2003 10:15 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Liz, I am so glad that you reposted this about our wonderful friend. This is a beautiful tribute to him. And this part I know......

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


He has stood up for me and others here that I know of. He's a great friend, isn't he?
Hugs to you and Toe  
Ethel

Toerag
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Ala bam a


5 posted 09-05-2003 08:37 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Thank you dear Liz....you've always been able to make something look so good....you are a dear...and thank you all for the prayers and well wishes....I will know how I'm doing this afternoon and will keep you all up on my condition....(not my mental condition, yall already know that it's very poor).....luv ya...Toe

[This message has been edited by Toerag (09-05-2003 08:43 AM).]

Elizabeth Santos
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6 posted 09-05-2003 04:02 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

You deserve much better than this, dear Toe, but it was what I saw back then.
And you are the best - always
You have a very warm heart
(Sorry, Balladeer)
THank you all for your kind remarks
Passionate hugs
Liz
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Been a while since I teared over a poem...

Made especially heartfelt as I have also just recently had the honor of calling him, friend.

Bless you Elizabeth, bless you Toe, bless us, all.

This is what poetry, and this place, is all about.

Love, and friendship.
Richard

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8 posted 06-21-2010 07:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Here words were true than and they are true now. Toerag's friendship is one of my most treasured possessions.

(just don't tell him I said so)
 
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