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The Sleeping Stranger

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The Sleeping Stranger

Eyes closed yet he sees every passer by. 
Never a smile I've seen in years. 
Pride does not allow a sign or a plead
I wonder what he fears?

A home he's made by a toy store
perched upon a small brick wall.
Each day I pass him on my small walk
for a soda and cigarette draw.

Emotion brewing slowly
the longer this goes on
Is there something I can do
make a connection, friendly bond?

Money seemed to pity him
but I know he liked to smoke.
So buy a pack for myself
then one for him he won't revoke.

It started out slowly
our small exchange of gifts.
Cigarettes for him to relax
And a smile to make my heart lift. 

It's been months we've built
a silent bond that fills my soul.
He sleeps, yet when I get close
He suddenly awakens and makes a joke.

How does he know I'm nearing him
perhaps its my sense of giving.
I don't question it anymore
I'm just happy he's still living.

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  1. Date: 11/5/2011 10:45:00 PM
    K.B., ;-) CONGRATULATIONS, ON YOUR WIN~ Have a wonderful weekend, GOD BLESS,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/3/2011 5:05:00 PM
    Congrats Kristen on a top notch win with this excellent piece on the cardboard man luv.. great title ...

  1. Date: 11/3/2011 7:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Paula's "Do You Know The Cardboard Man" contest Kristen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/24/2011 5:53:00 AM
    A good, heartwarming write. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 10/24/2011 5:47:00 AM
    I am so happy to see the Soup back up and thrilled to be able to read your wonderful poetry Kristen. May you have an exciting week filled with new found inspiration. Love, Carol