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His Name Is Richard

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His Name Is Richard

His name is Richard and he walks the land
Plastic bags and umbrella in hand
I've passed him by a thousand times
He'd always wave with hand held high

Long haired curls of peppered gray
A bearded face and aging frame
Years of miles beneath his feet
I wondered where he keeps his seat

He's always walking, on the go
From where to where I do not know
He's like the trees along the way
He's like the deer I saw today

His image is emblazoned on
The country roads and neighbors lawns
You might see him in the morn
Just wave your hand and blow your horn

Or maybe 'neath the twilight sky
When driving home, you'll pass him by
But lately there's a different air
I've not, so often, seen him there

Until today when I left home
To go to town to shop and roam
I passed him with his thumb held high
Instead of hand, I wondered why

So I turned around and headed back
I had to know. I had to ask
I let him in and gave him ride
And that was when he did confide

He'd had a stroke five months ago
But he was getting better though
He said he lived with friends who care
And helped him heal while he was there

He spoke of how he loved to walk
To breathe the air and stop to talk
To count the posts of neighbors fence
Watch birds and bees do natures dance

If thunder rolled, then let it be
It's just another pleseantry
I listened as we rode along
His tale was almost like a song

And when we reached our destiny
Before he left, he said to me
"My name's Richard. Thanks my friend"
He smiled and he shook my hand

He then stepped out and closed the door
And headed off into the store
As I returned along my way
I pondered what I learned that day

How people can seem common place
Until you put their name to face
A stranger then becomes a friend
Where journeys start and journeys end



Rockman  :-)


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  1. Date: 4/11/2012 7:17:00 PM
    There is nothing I can say except 'Beautiful!' The story, the rhythm and the rhyme - are all perfect ...Samia :)

  1. Date: 1/26/2012 7:53:00 AM
    We all have our story, don't we? This one is especially poignant.

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 8:43:00 PM
    I enjoyed your rhyming poetry Rockman, we have one in our neighborhood, his name is Wayne. They are God's messengers to make us top and think awhile, we can learn from them sometime, love,vie