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A Memorable Person

On a train going south on business
For what seemed an eternity,
I chanced upon a memorable man
Who changed the path of my destiny

He was itinerant to look at
With tatty coat and shabby shoes,
An unshaven face, his hair unkempt
And string, as a belt on his ‘trews’

He boarded the train, peoples heads dropped
For fear that his gaze they’d meet
He walked down the aisle, disappointed,
As no-one would give up a seat

I offered the seat beside me
He thanked me for making the space
I replied with a sincere ‘you’re welcome’
And a smile warmed his weathered face

He asked me about my journey
And I asked of his in return
I felt in my heart, that by talking to him
There was much about life I could learn

I bought us both refreshments
As he told of his life’s history,
Once in a while I would interject
With a small anecdote about me

Behind the shabby persona,
Was a man of intelligent mind
He’d lived on the edge in finance,
Made his fortune, left it behind

As his bank account grew he’d lost everything
His family, his friends, his wife
He’d found out, too late, and at great cost
That there was so much more to life

‘You have to stop and smell the roses,
Make some time for those you hold dear’
And as he spoke, down his rugged cheek
I saw the track of a small, salty tear
As we reached the end of our journey
He clasped my hand at our time to part,
He thanked me for my company
And told me I had a good heart

When I got to my lonely hotel room,
I called my daughters on the phone
And told them ‘we’ll be together soon
I’m taking some time off when I get home.’

Sometimes it takes a chance meeting
To give your whole life a shake
I felt I had met my ‘Hermes’
And now had decisions to make

When I got home, I made a decision
The missed years with my girls I’d amend,
My life took a different direction
All down to my indigent friend

You can’t judge a man on appearance
But if you look in their eyes you can,
I knew in the instant I gave up the seat
I had met a remarkable man.

Copyright © Janette Fisher

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  1. Date: 10/8/2011 2:25:00 PM
    As we grow affluent we lose sight of the important things. Such a wonderful write. Congrats on having it featured.

  1. Date: 10/7/2011 1:25:00 AM
    Congrats Janette on featured poem this week on PS... a wonderful write to share with are u doing luv?

  1. Date: 10/3/2011 1:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Janette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/12/2009 6:52:00 PM
    Wonderful write. Sincere and toughing. Wise words and great story. Congratulations on placing in Chris's contest.

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 8:17:00 PM
    Well done, lesson learned! BG

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 4:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poem placing in Christopher's contest! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/9/2009 9:00:00 AM
    What a brilliant poem, one of the best ones i have read on this site, now heading to my favs, BIG TIME. James,x

  1. Date: 5/7/2009 3:17:00 AM
    Wonderful poem. God blessed you, and gave a glimpse of the heart of a man. Many blessings lie within the most unsuspecting places. God has his hands in all things. Thank you for sharing this story. It confirms God's teachings about judging. We must not because we cannot see the heart of a man unless God gives us the opportunity to see and we take it. Thank you for sharing these well written words. Have many happy days with your family, given for your care and enjoyment by God. Love, Dane

  1. Date: 5/6/2009 1:06:00 PM
    What an inspiring story, Janette! By offering kindness to the downtrodden man, you gained a better perspective on the things that are important in life. I love the uplifting feeling your poem provides to readers. A remarkable story about "a remarkable man." Excellent! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/6/2009 12:43:00 PM
    remarkable! had me intrigued from the very beginning. well done - Freedom