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Park Bench

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Park Bench

A little boy passes a homeless man sitting on a bench.
Curious the boy asks him, "Don't you have a house?"
The man stares then gives the little boy a smile.
No, the bench is all I have and these pigeons are my friends.
The  boy says not a thing, but gives the man his red balloon.
The boy smiles back as he leaves, but stops to wave goodbye.

Many years have passed and this boy is now a man.
He walks pass the same park bench that he hadn't passed in years.
Empty now, except for a few pigeons pecking at the ground.
Pondering about the old homeless man, he momentarily leaves.
Before long he returns and ties a red balloon on the empty bench.
Then he feeds the few pigeons and whispers, "Goodbye Friend!"
These two words fly upward upon the grace of wings.



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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 5:12:00 PM
    your poem was a a gem, connie. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 10:23:00 PM
    Connie, this is a very good one...pd

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 10:23:00 PM
    Connie, this is a very good one...pd

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 7:44:00 AM
    What wonderful, friendly and giving thoughts Connie!!

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 3:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Connie love xx

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 5:40:00 PM
    Connie I loved this so much...congrats...Donna

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 5:18:00 PM
    Very sweet sentiments. congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 1:31:00 PM
    Connie, a masterpiece deserving the win. Rick

  1. Date: 3/17/2013 12:46:00 AM
    wow, connie, maybe the best bench poem I have read of them all!! Marvelous poem and especially how you concluded it.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/17/2013 7:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea for your lovely comment. I hope you are having a great weekend. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 8:55:00 PM
    who could not read this and get a lump in their throat..well done. BG

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/17/2013 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your comment means a lot. Thank you Barbara. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 1:47:00 PM
    Such a sweet and touching story. Thanks, RAY

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/16/2013 6:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ray thank you for your lovely comment much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 12:23:00 PM
    This is a phenomenal and awesome write my friend! I truly loved reading this sentimental poem this afternoon! What a lovely piece, Great Work!!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/16/2013 6:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Russell thank for stopping by. Your comment means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 12:20:00 PM
    Connie this feels more like a movie than a poem...just lovely. Donna

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/16/2013 6:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Donna thanks for stopping by. Your comment means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 8:04:00 AM
    very touching - beautiful ending!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 3/16/2013 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Ilene for your lovely comment and for stopping by. Warm Smiles, Connie