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Below is the poem entitled THE MERCHANT'S GIFT which was written by poet daver austin. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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It was just a lucky break-in
Christmas Eve     rich old Casey drunk
Not a soul on the floor

The late rush was over
Casey’d turned off the lights      but
Forgot to lock the door

The old safe cracked so easy –
Mostly twenties   tens    fifties –
Robin left the change   hurried out

He pulled the bills      counted –
One thousand      twenty bucks –
God!  He wanted to shout

Their dented pot hung sparse
Maria and Joe were so hungry,
Their children at home     hungry     cold

Robin was hungry too
He fished the bag of bills,
Took twenty from the hold

Sad the couple’s jingling
When most were warm at home that night
But Robin had great news

He smiled     sauntered up     flung his loot
“Hah!    This thousand for your empty pot
From Robin Santa Cruz.”

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Totally well done, Daver! Your poetry feel like the surprises in an Advent calendar...they can all be different, though each is deliciously special. I've always loved poems that can reel in a fun and good tale...Keep well..Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 12/16/2013 3:42:00 PM
    Hey there dear Daver, enjoyed the 'give and take' in this write..I wish you good cheer this time of year; Joe..'

  1. Date: 12/16/2013 3:10:00 PM
    oh, yes, I remember it now from PFT. a GREAT one for the season, my friend.

  1. Date: 12/16/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Loved your recent fun comments to me. Let me see what you have posted now!

  1. Date: 12/15/2013 1:35:00 PM
    - It was not nice ..... although I like the idea of Robin (H) - The rich should share with the poor, voluntarily ..... throughout the year. - A poem that I enjoyed reading Daver, well done! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)