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Surprising Kindness

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Surprising Kindness

I came upon an old man,
A homeless, wretched soul.
He looked so sad and helpless,
In his hands, he held a bowl.
He was propped against the building,
So, his weakness would not show.
He saw the world through glasses,
With hair as white as snow.

I heard my father whisper,
As my eyes filled with tears,
“One need much more than money,
One needs his loved ones near.”
My father loved his family,
Does this old one feel the same?
With my father’s soul beside me
I asked the old one’s name.

His name, he said with feeling,
Was lost with all he owned.
A thief assumed his identity,
Then, all he had was blown.
His wife died in December,
The vulture, then closed in,
Pounced while he was grieving,
Then, his life changed again.

I gathered the frail body to me,
Spoke kindly, acknowledged his need,
A home and a heart full of loving,
My family would plant the seeds.
Love is the first to be planted,
Followed by trust in their care.
My father’s spirit surrounds us,
His example taught us to share.

The old one lost all his pallor,
With love and trust he gained
More than he ever hoped for,
Another family, who gave him a name.
Grandpa, we decided to dub him
As we fought for all he had lost.
As he won the last legal battle,
His life was the price that it cost.

The old one wanted cremation.
My mother did not and she prayed.
Next thing we knew came a lawyer,
And the Last Will and Testament played.
My mother, for once, became speechless,
And I drew in no better air.
Grandpa was there in the picture,
Leaving us undisputed heirs.

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  1. Date: 4/28/2012 9:59:00 AM
    Wow i have to be honest here when i read this tears began to trickle down my face i realy like this one it is very heart felt and greatly written you are talented and have amazing vision thank you for shareing this with the poetry soup world. please keep up the great vision and words.

    Vick Avatar Janet Vick
    Date: 6/2/2012 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am sure the tears were for joy. There is kindness everywhere. Thanks for reading. Janet
  1. Date: 4/27/2012 2:57:00 PM
    This is a Well-written Poem, I enjoyed reading it today, it is such an inspiring and uplifting poem which enlightens your heart, mind, spirit and soul. It is so good to sow good deeds and you will reap them back, Such a good write!

    Vick Avatar Janet Vick
    Date: 6/2/2012 12:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for your comments. I greatly appreciate your reading. Take care. Janet
  1. Date: 4/27/2012 2:19:00 PM
    A very touching piece. I've helped a few over the years which cost deeply in emotions for some and my pockets for others... but someone without a family once helped us... He was an adopted family member who gave us each one beautiful christmas present and some clothes. When he died I swear I saw his ghoust smiling and sitting with me when I studied for 6 months... so I wasn't alone. I call him my guardian angel to this day.

    Vick Avatar Janet Vick
    Date: 6/2/2012 12:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I greatly appreciate your sharing comments and thank you for reading. Take care. Janet
  1. Date: 4/27/2012 6:11:00 AM
    congrats on feature and nice poem...Patrick

    Vick Avatar Janet Vick
    Date: 6/2/2012 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much for your comment. Janet