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We Call Them Unclean

stuffed critters line the dashboard
of the V-dub he takes every day
to visit her where she rests
his bent fingers pluck strings

little princess sightless
except for shadows, sees
the cloudless day and beams
the brightest crooked-smile 

feisty one drives big truck
one leg to pump the pedals
which one, the gas of course!
while she dreams of evenings 

bike pedals turning, churning
on his daily fitness route 
he ventured out, not accepted
came home to lead

rubber boots, wide-brimmed hat
hands toil earth creating beauty
short strong arms set nets 
He reaps ocean's bounty through

*the unmentionable word of all time – leprosy.  The stigma still exists for those who have long been rid of Hansen's Disease.  The only unclean thing is the heart of mankind. 
Dedicated to all those who have honored and touched my heart on Molokaí.

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  1. Date: 11/9/2011 6:46:00 AM

    YOU ARE SOOO ON point with this! ALL my life I have heard ppl making fun of lepers, calling them dirty Job. and Boil Makers foggy eyed frog eyes. I have researched quite a bit on a leper camp overseas and One very great documentary showed some Foster Teens from NYC visiting the Camp! 100% tear jerkingly moving! If I find the name of this film. I will pass it on. Those ppl had NOTHING, and NO family, Yet were so happy and filled with love and humility. A true Joyous and grateful view of life!

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 11/9/2011 8:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    wow. Thanks for your comments and good to know someone understands how my sweet friends' zest for life affects me and humbles me just to know them. I'd love to take a look at that video if you happen upon it. Thanks again
  1. Date: 11/7/2011 1:21:00 AM

    Susan many congrats on your win, a very moving poem, thanks for your comments..David

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 12:43:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 8:45:00 AM

    i knew this would have a revered place in the contest, susan.. again, cheery congrats on your fine win..:) huggs!

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/18/2011 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks, Nette!
  1. Date: 9/17/2011 3:37:00 AM

    Congratulations on your accomplished place in the contest "unmentionables"...CR

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/17/2011 9:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks for your comment!
  1. Date: 9/17/2011 12:30:00 AM

    Tough subject but you did it well-congrats. to you

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/17/2011 9:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not too hard to write about when you know these five sweet people! Each with a different gift...
  1. Date: 9/16/2011 11:50:00 PM

    Congrats Susan on a wonderful win with this fantastic poetry .. very profound piece luv..

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/17/2011 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you, Linda-Marie!
  1. Date: 9/16/2011 10:22:00 PM

    One of my favorite books has a leper as a christ figure the Tales of thomas Donaldson I's good more is know of this and more can now be done to help people with this malady, so glad you found time to write this! light & love

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/17/2011 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks. I'll try to get a hold of that book! Sue
  1. Date: 9/14/2011 1:36:00 PM

    I just love reading poetry that shows the release of a poets feelings. I enjoyed reading yours today Susan. Thank you for sharing. Love, Carol

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/14/2011 7:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How do you EVER find time to give so much encouragement to so many of us? I see your comments EVERYWHERE. Bless you!
  1. Date: 9/14/2011 3:13:00 AM

    this is sucha comapssionate write, susan...a subject rarely discussed these days yet brought to the fore by your wonderful words.. :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 8:55:00 PM

    touching ~N

    Buchel Avatar Susan Buchel
    Date: 9/13/2011 10:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for reading this, Nancy. By the way, I LOVE your collaboration with John.... BRILLIANT!!!!!