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Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London

0 posted 2000-06-21 01:01 PM

Pocket Change

At the Donut shop before the dawn
a faceless vagrant
is drawn
He rifles through unwanted trash
with a careless glance
as I go past
A busy spot
both day and night
with drive through line
a constant sight
Fresh donuts for the paying crowd
what's left ...
attracts those not so proud
Once inside the busy shop
with fresh brewed coffee
from simmering pot
Aroma savored before I taste
and not one drop
will go to waste
I relax to shake the morning chill
as thunder
and lightning
break the still
Sheets of rain now drive him in
near dripping wet
with a hapless grin
Can I help you Sir ?  the clerks' hollow tone
then time stood silent ...
with a heartless moan
This challenge answered
through my reply
my nod ...
I'd catch the bill
and buy
He sat protracting
every sip
watching rain beat at the door
I ordered one to go
and left
enough to pay for four

© Copyright 2000 Rex Allen McCoy - All Rights Reserved
X Angel
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1 posted 2000-06-21 02:58 PM

very very good poem!
I like reading about things like this   makes me feel that the world isn't so bad after all...

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since 2000-04-11
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Tallahassee, Florida
2 posted 2000-06-21 06:20 PM

Oh i really like this!! i love reading about one moment in time, a seemingly routine action, but in reality it is so very profound.  kudos to you for your random act of kindness!!!!!


A woman to a man is
But a mere chapter,
But a man to a woman
Is an entire book.--
Kynder Howell

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since 2000-05-26
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New Orleans
3 posted 2000-06-21 07:40 PM

dear rex allen mccoy,
     it's a shame more people haven't responded to this one... i love this style of poetry... and even with the hint of a moral at the end!! *Waa haa haa* i love it!! my vote's with this poem and i hope it makes it to the book... quite exquisite work...

a sad tomato

you're such a beautiful freak... i wish there were more just like you...

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4 posted 2000-06-21 07:54 PM

Well done there Sir

The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

Janet Marie
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5 posted 2000-06-21 09:53 PM

dont think I had seen this one before
sure glad i did

Member Rara Avis
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6 posted 2000-06-21 09:56 PM

Oh I remember this one Rex! Good choice!
Tender heart you have God bless ya!

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7 posted 2000-06-21 10:46 PM

One of my favorites, Rex!  


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8 posted 2000-06-21 10:55 PM

I admire both the poem and the type of man who would write it...

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.

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9 posted 2000-06-22 07:15 AM

Loved the very idea of this one the first trip around ... and love it now.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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Callington, Cornwall, England
10 posted 2000-06-22 07:45 AM

Bravo Rex, for the poem and for the kindness behind it  


"We are the music makers and we are the makers of dreams." - Willy Wonka.

Not A Poet
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11 posted 2000-06-22 10:09 AM

Very touching and very well written. Would make a good addition to the book.


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12 posted 2000-06-22 11:39 AM

I'm with Balladeer...much admiration here, Rex. Enjoyed the poem, too.  

~ Claire

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

Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London
13 posted 2000-06-23 03:03 AM

thankyou everyone  for your kind replies
... this one is kind of special to me ...
glad you all liked it
thanks again


Christopher J
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14 posted 2000-06-23 03:34 AM

i loved this poem...great stuff and a familiar topic to us all...
Elizabeth Santos
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15 posted 2000-06-23 01:12 PM

I remember this one well, and enjoyed it again. It is superb

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Listening to every heart
16 posted 2000-06-23 02:01 PM

I feel that this is special for you
not only because you wrote it,
but you've probably lived it,
and more than once.  


~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London
17 posted 2000-06-24 11:29 AM

Christopher J ... thankyou for the kind reply

Elizabeth ... thankyou ... your kind reply means a lot to me

Sunshine ... you're right ... thanks for the hug ... I like hugs

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18 posted 2000-06-29 04:25 PM

Hi Rex,

My soul runeth over with joy to read or see people being kind like this thank you so much for being YOU and if it was not you thats OK to because it takes a WONDERFUL MAN to even think of or notice this in life,

Love,  Cerenity

Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London
19 posted 2000-07-06 02:14 PM

I'm finding several poems today with posts to them that I have missed ... I'm sorry but  my internet connection has been a nightmare lately ... still missing a lot of e-mails and such

Cerenity ... thankyou for your kind words
sorry for the delay in my responce

Seymour Tabin
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Tamarac Fla
20 posted 2000-07-06 03:07 PM

You got my vote on this one.
Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London
21 posted 2000-07-08 12:40 PM

Thankyou Seymour ... Greatly appreciated

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22 posted 2000-07-23 08:17 PM

Sorry I missed this when you first submitted it and I'm so glad you did so...lovely read dear friend and yes your heart shining through.
beautiful Rex
love Tracie~

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

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23 posted 2000-07-23 09:16 PM what it's all about Rex.  What a tender heart shines through in this.  Wonderful show of kindness, terrific poem.  So glad this came back through. (Thanks Tracie) Bonnie
Heather Miller
since 2000-07-19
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Bryan, Ohio USA
24 posted 2000-07-24 10:36 AM

Wonderful show of kindness. You have such a kind heart.

With God all things are possible.

Kit McCallum
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since 2000-04-30
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Ontario, Canada
25 posted 2000-07-24 10:39 AM

Loved this Rex!  If only more people could follow this message each day ... sigh, wonderful!  

Best wishes,

Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London
26 posted 2000-07-24 10:51 PM

Tracie ... thankyou ... you are such a lovely friend to have ... always a pleasure  to hear from you

Bonnie ... thankyou for your kind words ... it means more to me than you know to be able to show kindness to a lost soul

Heather ... thankyou also for your kindness

Kit ... you've got that right ... these people need to be shown that they matter too

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High Springs, Florida
27 posted 2000-08-07 03:40 PM

i cant help but love this rex!  what a good heart you have..  

enjoyed reading this so much..  

"Half of what i say is meaningless; but i say it so that the other half may reach you."
-Kahlil Gibran

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28 posted 2009-05-13 02:56 PM

This is really sweet
Love it.

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