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Eleven Words

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Eleven Words

A busy road.
A tree stump.
An old man.

Everyday at eight 'o clock
He sits there, cane tapping
just watching cars go by--
I among them

Such a lonely man
I say to myself

Same busy road.
Same tree stump.
Same old man.

He looks up, cane twirling
and smiles at me
in that split second
I smile back

A roadside friend is gained.

Same busy road.
Same tree stump.
Different old man.

Day after day
He waves hi--cane dancing
Smiling
I wave goodbye,
no time to stop

Same busy road
Same tree stump
No old man

I screech to a halt
Ask of his absence

Clutching
a piece of paper
found taped on his cane
I weep in my car
and send a prayer
of thanks
to my roadside friend

Eleven words
Changed my world.
"Thank you lady in the blue car.
You make my day."

Same busy road.
Same tree stump.
Different me.


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  1. Date: 12/30/2012 4:42:00 AM
    nikko this is amazing..and boy it really shows as a lovely human being,, i truly relate to this poem, have a happy new year,, i miss you here.......Harry..oh to my fav this gem goes!!~!~!

  1. Date: 2/27/2012 3:15:00 PM
    ps...what a cutie pic of you...cutie cutie cutie!!!!

  1. Date: 2/27/2012 3:13:00 PM
    Nikko...the birthday gal...I absolutely love the message you portrayed in this poem..this is the kind of person we should all strive to be..just here to make the best of each day striving to encourage others with simple gestures along the way. This ole fella with his dancing cane really touched my heart in a profound way. I appreciate the simplicity of your poem and its message. This is what I call GREAT POETRY!! I am printing it off and placing it in my fav notebook. Your soup mail made my eyes leak..you are just like the ole man touching others lives along the way!!

  1. Date: 2/26/2012 5:08:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Debbie Guzzi's "Touched" contest Nikko. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/26/2012 1:09:00 PM
    congrats Nikko on an HM for quality poetry sweet friend ..luv..

  1. Date: 2/25/2012 7:33:00 PM
    I really like your creativity and observance here Nikko you never know what a difference we make in someone's life, congrats. vie

  1. Date: 10/27/2010 10:23:00 AM
    This is awesome, nikko! You sure have a thing for tree stumps, don't you? Really like the end of the poem and such an great story with a great message behind it. Hugs, Emilia:)

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 1:52:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest..Sara

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 3:16:00 PM
    Congrats Nikko on your win in P.D.'s contest.. awesome poem which I always liked and glad it won now.. enjoy your win with luv my friend..

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 1:02:00 PM
    wow! you used this in two contest..lol.. that was cool,,, later,..p.d.

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 1:01:00 PM
    weeee! Another one from you..lol.. hey now I remember which poem i thought was yours,,lol,, Andrea's because of the title. Sounds like soemthing you would title like that. By the way, Congratulations and thanks for supporting my contest. I had lots of fun reading your entry and selecting this fine poem for my contest,.p.d.

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 11:57:00 AM
    Congratulations Nikko on your win in P.D.'s contest " Any Poem Goes* Any Poem"". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 2:51:00 PM
    A lovely poem and a worthy win. congratulations on your 2nd place win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 12:05:00 PM
    Congrats Nikko on your 2nd place win in the contest.. I read this one before and its a rarer beauty now..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 11:47:00 AM
    Wow! What a wonderful story. Good life message. Congratulations on your second place finish in Dane Ann's contest. Enjoy this success. I wish you many more. Karen

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 9:44:00 AM
    Oh...that last line melted me!! What an awesome way to end this wonderful poem of kindness!! Congratulations!!!!!! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 8:29:00 AM
    Congratulations Nikko on this fine poem's second place, Enjoy, Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 5:45:00 AM
    How moving, Nikko! I love the way this old man impacted your life and you his. Congratulations on your victory in Dane Ann's contest with this wonderful poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 3:52:00 AM
    A wonderful and touching poem here, dear Nikko. I have a similar situation. Everytime I drive back to my home I see this old man walk holding a tall cane and when he sees my car he looks inside especially to wave and smile at me. We never talked butwe...communicate :) Congrats.

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 1:44:00 PM
    Nikko, this beautiful poem moved me to tears. It was written with the insight of a compassionate soul who was the little angel in someone's life. You are an angel Nikko, and this poem proves it! I loved it and will put it in my fav's. Love, Connie P.S. Thanks also for your comments on my poems.

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