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A Penny On The Sidewalk

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A Penny On The Sidewalk

He stepped out of his car and rummaged in his pocket for some coins to feed the meter.  As he stepped up on the sidewalk, he noticed a penny lying near his feet.  He briefly contemplated picking it up before dismissing it.  It was just a penny.  It's value hardly worth the effort.   

As he stood there, he heard a voice say “Sir, could you spare some change to help me out?”.  He turned to see an unkempt  man, languishing on the stoop of a vacant store. He held a cardboard sign on which was scrawled “Homeless, Can You Help, God Bless You” .  He looked bad, and, as the man walked closer, he noted he emitted an unpleasant odor as well.  His first thought was just to walk away, reasoning that if he gave him anything, he would probably just buy some liquor and drink himself to sleep. But he did not.  There was something about the man that held his gaze.  Instead he spoke to the man saying “the uniform jacket you're wearing says Walker over the pocket.  Is that you?”  “Yes” the man replied. “That's me”.  “Are you a vet Walker” the man asked.  Again the man answered “yes sir”.  “How did you end up here” the man questioned.  Walker dropped his head, then looking up he said “I got some things I can't forget.  They drive me crazy sometimes and  I do stupid things.  Caused me to lose everything.  It's my fault, but that doesn't change anything, they are just as gone.”  The man reached in his pocket and withdrew a twenty dollar bill.  As he offered it to Walker he asked “Will this help soldier?”.  “Oh yes sir, thank you sir, and God bless you” he replied.  

The man turned to walk away, and as he did, he thought about how, in just a matter of minutes, his opinion of the man had changed from one of disdain to one of compassion.  That was a real person sitting there, perhaps even a hero.  He had a name.  He had an identity. Under different circumstances, each could have walked in the others shoes.

He had no idea what Walker would do with the money, but it didn't matter now.  In his mind he knew he had found another penny on the sidewalk.  But this time, without regard for value, he had stopped and picked it up.

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  1. Date: 2/7/2012 7:43:00 PM
    Congrats on your win with this wonderful story, Bob! Love, Kim

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/7/2012 10:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Kim
  1. Date: 2/7/2012 12:05:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, thoughtful poem..... George

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/7/2012 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciate it George
  1. Date: 2/7/2012 11:34:00 AM
    Congratulations to you on your placement in P.D's "Any Poem You Posted This Week" contest Bob. Love, Carol

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/7/2012 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Carol
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 9:04:00 PM
    Bob, congrats... on your wonderful win.. thank you for your support ;-)' always PD

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    And my thanks to you
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 8:37:00 PM
    Bob, very nice write. I really enjoyed reading it and congrats on a well deserved win..............S.Ronthorpe

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks Samual
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 7:57:00 PM
    Congrats. Bob on your winning poetry, love,vie

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Vie
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 5:38:00 PM
    congrats Bob on another sensational win for this dynamic write.. ultra fine..luv..

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Appreciate it Linda-Marie
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 4:31:00 PM
    I've said it before Uncle Bob, you're the best, another fine job!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Back on my knee again are you Craig? Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 3:30:00 PM
    2 quick to pass the other class, the ones out on the street, which could be me ....not so sweet.... i only channel the poetry mate, sometimes its deeper than i think:(

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Whatever it is Don, keep doing it
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 1:32:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading this great tale today..Yes, sometimes we need to stop and look at things from a different perspective..Congrats on your win..Sara

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 2:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So true Sara. Thanks for stopping by
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 11:44:00 AM
    Bob congrats on your very fine win..David

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 2:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dave
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 10:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Bob, love Elizabeth

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Elizabeth
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 9:17:00 AM
    Wow!!! Such a deep provoking poem, here! I love every paragraphs u have here, Bob. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your win. You got my 7 :)

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're very kind Dinda. Thank you
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 8:27:00 AM
    Congratulations!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Christopher
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 8:09:00 AM
    Sentimental narrative! that poor man! I think sometimes we forget to look at the person inside the homeless facade. so tragic! but your story is very uplifting :) Congrats on your win!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your comments Susan
  1. Date: 2/6/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Nice one Bob congratulations xx

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 2/6/2012 10:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Mandy
  1. Date: 1/27/2012 9:30:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your amazing poem this morning Bob. This week has flown by for me. I hope you enjoy your weekend and find the inspiration to write some more during this time. Love, Carol

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 1/27/2012 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Carol
  1. Date: 1/26/2012 11:45:00 PM
    This was a very touching story. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 1/27/2012 8:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you liked it Bob. Thanks for taking the time to comment.