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Greater Love

Greater Love

I shivered and watched him as the snow fell 
Frail, tattered clothes, bearded, no shoes, but--smell!
I thought--what a contrast--comparing sights,
But love was a lesson I'd learn that night!

Not from plastic steeples or rhetoric,
Philanthropy or emotional trick...
I would learn to look in my own mirror
For compassion, mercy, empathy--clearer.

       This complex multiple of nature lives
       In dying daily to Ego-------Forgives!

Then I saw neither black, white, red nor green,
But only insolence and heard him scream:
"Get away from us! You Freak! Reprobate!"
Then with his cane, knocked him down--oh such hate!

Top hat and tails perched with pride by the door
Assisting the dilatant he adored.
Snow was a gossamer curtain all 'round.
Vision obscured even steps on the ground.

       Lights came from nowhere as they crossed the street,
       Aimed for the dilatant--innocent, sweet.

Watching I saw from the shadows immerge
Sprinting like 'Coldstream Guard'--out past the curb,
That same man, pushing the dilatant fair
Out of harms way as he flew in mid-air.

Emerging unscathed from the ice and snow:
"Who was that man? Tell me! I want to know!"
The crowd huddled 'round like a football team
Gawking with questions of what they had seen.

       A donor card was his only ID.
       No name--just a wish--was all they could see.

Donor card cashed in...Science and query...
A grave in an obscure cemetery,
With small unadorned head-marker amends:
"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

5/14/2012
deborah burch©

*For Michael's "No Names on This Love Contest"

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  1. Date: 6/7/2012 2:54:00 PM
    Amazing write....so good....

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 6/7/2012 7:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much John... :-)
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 6:53:00 PM
    a wonderful story.

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/27/2012 7:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you John, for your kindness, huggs, deb
  1. Date: 5/18/2012 8:05:00 PM
    Isn't it sad people can be so cruel when someone is a bit different? A wonderful poem describing a rejected soul. A great entry for the contest Deborah

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/18/2012 9:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    indeed it is Liz...so many different ways to describe it as well...sometimes it isnt even visible...Thank you for your kindness and encouraging words to me...they mean so much...big hugs, and welcome back...love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 10:04:00 PM
    Deborah, congratulations in Michael's contest.. Take care and have yourself a good night ~ always* PD

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/18/2012 4:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you soooooooo much PD...big hugs, love ya, deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 5:40:00 PM
    Wow!This is awesome and beautiful...Congratulations on your super win Deb ....XOXO....

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/18/2012 4:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh, Olusequan, thank you so much for your kindness!! I am deeply honoured :) big hugs, love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 1:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on you win in Michael's "Love" contest Deborah. Love, Carol

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/18/2012 4:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much Carol...don't forget to have a cup of tea!! ;) and breathe...big hugs, love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:26:00 AM
    Wow, deb! I can easily see why your poem took first place! This is an awesome poem. Congratulations on your big win in Michael's contest. hugs, catie :)

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/17/2012 10:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) awwww, thank you Catie...*blush*...your encouragement means a great deal to me as you well know!!! :O big hugs, love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 7:41:00 AM
    *wow thats amazing! your a amazing, keep up the poetry * :) --- Larissa :D

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/17/2012 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) thank you so much dear Larissa!! You are pretty amazing yourself...thank you for your kind encouragement...it means soooo much to me....I am enjoying reading your work as well...:) miss poetess ;) thanks for stopping by and big huggggsss, love ya, deb :)
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 7:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win with this amazing write! ----Lori

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/17/2012 10:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) thank you so very much Lori for your kind encouragement!! it means so much to me!! love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 5:56:00 AM
    Ahh Deb such a strong story my entry was too simple and personal there were so many parts of this write I really liked [and of course the over all concept was GREAT] I also loved how you mixed quatraines and couplets. Soup Mail Light & Love

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/17/2012 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh 'Highness', *curtsey* thank you much!!! I am honoured and sooo greatful...love ya bunches, deb
  1. Date: 5/17/2012 12:49:00 AM
    woohoo....Cap'n Deb all aboard for a huge congrats on your stupendous win, loved this heartfelt poem first time around..David

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/17/2012 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    *blush* aye aye...beer and steaks all round!! lol...you get to bring the peach cobbler this time ;) Cap'n deb
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 8:02:00 PM
    Amazing write worthy of first place, loved your compassionate write Deb, congrats. hugs vie

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/16/2012 11:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Vie, thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement...love ya much, deb
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 8:01:00 PM
    Amazing write worthy of first place, loved your compassionate write Deb, congrats. hugs vie

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:12:00 PM
    Congratulations on your 1st place win!

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:12:00 PM
    Congratulations on your 1st place win!

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/16/2012 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so very much Samia!! :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:08:00 PM
    congrats on your win Deb..

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/16/2012 10:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much Joseph :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:08:00 PM
    congrats on your win Deb..

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 6:06:00 PM
    Congrats. Lovely poem story.

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/16/2012 6:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) thank you Joann!! :)
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 5:31:00 PM
    What an amazing story you have told...excellent job, Deborah! Congratulations, well deserved win!

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/16/2012 6:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    oh Carrie, thank you so much, for your encouragement and kindness...it means so much to me...big hugs, love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/16/2012 4:51:00 PM
    Congrats with a well deserved win,Deborah! Hugs,Arild

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/16/2012 6:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you dear Arild! :)
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