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The Old Vagabond

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The Old Vagabond

                                      Old forgotten graveyard
                                       Here rests a vagabond
                                  His bonfires are no longer seen  
                              His worn-out shoes walks no more
                 Many miles beneath the sun and starry nights has stopped
                        He has been granted with a place called home
                                     Never owned a single cent
                                     Lived from hand to mouth
                            Free from life..Free from commitments

                                  A huge heart of gold he had
                                  If he had four slices of bread
                           His way was three for you,one for himself
                             The sound of his shuffeling foot steps
                Now replaced by almost whispering winds embracing the hills
                        Sweepes across the landscape like floating ghosts
                           Freedom he found..He now rest in a paradise

                               Away from poverty and suffering
                      Surrounded by golden hearts and equality for all
                            He no longer live from hand to mouth
                His worn-out shoes still remains back at that ol`graveyard
                                         Need them no longer
           Where he now resides,he walk the floor of soft clouds and heavenly peace
             The kindness shared with folks he met along that dusty highway
             Finally gave him a grand place among eternal love and spiritual freedom


A.Ertsland
March 2nd 2012

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  1. Date: 5/31/2012 11:46:00 AM
    Hi Arild very touching write always a pleasure to drop by and read wonderful words like these, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 3/9/2012 11:37:00 PM
    Well Arild i wonder why i chose this to read "as if by chance.." i have memories of a man with a heart as you so describe; i often think on him he is my main inspiration in my life right now.. he had led such a life as you describe in his early years,, later he got into buisness he always descibed himmself to me as still a vagabond and as it came time to die he gave generously to many...I can't go on..) thank you for the post..!

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 5:33:00 PM
    Makes me wonder if you knew someone like this Arild. A real heartbreaker of a story and the ending is beautiful. Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 12:18:00 AM
    arild, you outdid yourself with this one. A very good topic and well executed! I enjoyed reading of this generous soul.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 6:32:00 PM
    beautiful poem Arild. the tenderness of the message here touch the mind of your reader. thanks for stopping by and welcoming me back on the soup.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 6:30:00 PM
    We have one of these by my restaurant...lol.. do you want to come and place an order..lol... no gold though ... this is a great poem..kind of lonely... enjoyed~have a nice one ;-)* PD

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:36:00 PM
    This is a touching write, Arild. It is so sad that many wonderful people are forgotten, perhaps hardly seen when they were alive because they are poor or homeless...thanks so much for reading my poems today and giving such kind comments. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 2:27:00 PM
    Such a lovely tribute to a wonderful man, you have a sensitive heart Arild that is probably what makes you able to write such special pieces such as this, blessings and hugs, vie