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The Stranger

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Below is the poem entitled The Stranger which was written by poet Donna Jones. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The Stranger

I saw a stranger on the road by my house today
He said he'd gone walking and had lost his way
He looked tired and I asked him if he was ok 
With tears in his eyes he said I will be someday

I ask him if he would like a ride
I opened the door and he climbed inside
He seemed not to care if he lived or died
But I know this from me he tried to hide

As we drove I ask him his name
He told me his and ask me the same
Told me from out of state he came
To visit his father had been his journey's aim

Said his parents had recently split
Looked so small there where he did sit
I asked if he felt better, he said a little bit
I know he only said that for my benefit

I think he saw the concern in my eyes
As I told him I couldn't offer him much advise
But I was sorry his parents problems caused him such sacrifice
And that too often for them kids paid the highest price

Just then he raised up the cap on his head
I'm fifteen not a kid is what he said
Wisdom beyond his years on that young face I read
A determined future ahead not easily mislead

It's funny but that lost boy inspired me
Through his innocent eyes I began to see
We're many times stronger than we think we'd be
When life challenges our humanity

We found the way back where he needed to go
His spirits seemed not to be quite so low
He said thank you ma'am, you're one person I'm glad to know
I'll always remember this ride in your Corvette....well, I hope so...

©Donna Jones

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  1. Date: 2/17/2014 4:30:00 PM
    Hi Donna; this was a great poem, I do believe you made a difference in that young man's life. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/17/2014 9:54:00 AM
    This story is great Donna...What 15 year old wouldn't want to ride in a corvette.. Congratulations on your feature...Hugs Tim

  1. Date: 2/17/2014 8:10:00 AM
    Donna so poignant you bring him before us poor guy congrats on being featured lovely write hug

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 5:39:00 PM
    DEAR Donna, What a Humane Verse I'm sure YOU lifted the Young man's Spirits. I think YOU should stick with YOUR Forte; Rhyme You can practice other forms through the Soup Contests. For instance If a sponsor wants the contest POEM to be a Sonnet then when YOU comment to someone take time to look through their POEMS and read their Sonnet YOU will Pick up fast on the Form especially with the POETS you read Most I LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 3/21/2013 7:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for reading my poems Harry and I take your advise to heart....always Donna...
    Esquire Avatar HGarvey Daniel Esquire
    Date: 3/21/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dear Donna, Here's a P.S. Don't Ever be Embarrassed about YOUR Pen As POETS Know the Heart the POEM comes from.LOVE ALWAYS...Harry
  1. Date: 3/6/2013 9:23:00 AM
    Absolutely truthful and beautiful poem that touched my heart. Loved it!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 3/6/2013 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Caleah - what a beautiful name - glad you enjoyed. Thank you for stopping by. :-)
  1. Date: 2/2/2013 3:42:00 PM
    This has a lot of pathos in it. Thanks for sharing. Wow. loved it. Great piece!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 2/3/2013 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for reading my poem and for your kind compliments. Blessings
  1. Date: 2/1/2013 4:29:00 AM
    This is really really a delight to read yes there is always hope even through the toughest of times

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 2/2/2013 2:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you and yes I've always found it to be so. I'm glad you stopped by, many blessings.
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 8:57:00 AM
    Dear Donna , A lovely, warm, human too human poem! Elegantly expressed. A bright star of concern in the dark sky of human indifference. Enjoyed reading! Thank you!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 1/29/2013 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for your generous reply. Everyday someone can use a friendly face no matter how bad my life is, anyway that is what helps keep me going. Have a blessed life
  1. Date: 1/25/2013 8:01:00 AM
    The most I read your poetry, the most impressed I am... where have you been? You've been hiding way too long! Hugs, Jack xox

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 1/25/2013 4:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well you are too kind. Really I have been writing...for years out of loneliness I guess. Just thought I would give this a shot and it is becoming fun but I am going to have to learn something beside rhymes I think best to ya
  1. Date: 1/24/2013 3:30:00 PM
    You have told a nice story in your rhyming verses. Good work and welcome to the site. I see you are relatively new here.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 1/24/2013 9:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. Yes I have only been online four days I think. I had no idea there were so many others like me who wrote their feelings down. I have kept things hidden in a notebook every time something happens I write about and am just now learning how to do this so thanks again