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0 posted 2004-12-21 04:11 PM

I wrote this after reading an article in the paper about all the Christmas parties that so many people attend at this time of year.  The article also mentioned that there are thousands of homeless people who have never even been to a party and who suffer in silence, void of love and care.

I began writing the first verse as a fairly typical partygoer with the second verse written as a homeless person.  I then alternated each verse for the rest of the poem.  I found it quite a challenge to write in this way and I thank you, the reader, for taking time out of your busy day to read this.

* * *

I'm off to my next party
To spread some Christmas cheer
There'll be freebies in abundance
Just like every other year

I sit here in my solitude
No one cares how I feel
I have no idea at all
When I'll get my next meal

I hope to get a Christmas bonus
Boy, I really need the cash
I wonder who I will impress
At the yearly office bash

I watch a large brown cockroach
As he climbs upon the wall
Tomorrow I'll go begging
Downtown, outside the mall

I have some last minute presents
I need to buy from the store
Each year seems more expensive
From the year before

It must be nearly Christmas
Decorations are everywhere
People are in such a hurry
Right through me they stare

Finally I've finished shopping
And I must say I feel fine
As I walk out through the store
And give the beggar my last dime

I wonder what life holds in store
It is something that I fear
Thank you, Sir, Merry Christmas
I guess he just didn't hear

* * *

"Loneliness and the feeling
of being unwanted is
the most terrible poverty"
(Mother Teresa)

© Copyright 2004 Sue Tancheff - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 2004-12-21 04:16 PM

Yes dear Sue, there are two sides to every story.
This is so well written and reminds us it is the season for giving.
Have a wonderful holiday season sweet friend.

     Season's Greetings!

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2 posted 2004-12-21 06:55 PM

Wonderful write!


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3 posted 2004-12-21 07:01 PM

You are truly a loving and compassionate person whose eyes and heart are wide open. I was moved to my very core with your words.

May you be as blessed as you bless others,
Hugs with love,

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4 posted 2004-12-21 08:08 PM

Wow.  Amazing, inspirational write Sue! It really reminds us how blessed we are and how we can help the less fortunate. This s going in my library for sure.


Happy Holidays!

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5 posted 2004-12-21 08:23 PM

there are so many out there...thanks for recognizing them Sue

this is a touching write

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6 posted 2004-12-21 09:25 PM

Sue, this is such a sad poem, but beautifully written. Loneliness is indeed a terrible feeling.
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7 posted 2004-12-21 09:32 PM

How sad....thank you for the reminder, Sue.


Have a Holly Jolly Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season!!

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8 posted 2004-12-21 10:13 PM

I really appreciate the time you all took to read this.  Your words mean so very much.

Take care........Sue

I am in motion
I am blue
Love is an ocean
I'm anchored in you
- Shawn Mullins

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9 posted 2004-12-25 12:30 PM

a warm read on a cold day when yes many are without the things too many of us do take for granted and are actaully one breath away from -there but by the grace of god go i.

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10 posted 2004-12-26 02:13 AM

Whew! That's something else Sue.
I appreciate the content and thank you for sharing it.


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11 posted 2004-12-26 10:35 AM I said in my holiday poem, it's got more faces than Sybil....

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12 posted 2004-12-26 10:57 AM

you did both sides justice, Sue


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13 posted 2004-12-26 10:58 AM

good write

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