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The Stranger

                                                  He stands there
                            Beneath the tracks of an abandoned bridge
                                He smells of body, sweat, and alcohol
                     The tattered blanket he clings to is hardly a comfort
                And he flips through the pages of his life ... a tragic comedy
                                           He is broken in the dark
                                But hopes the cold will veil his shame
                                 A shadow passes across the moon
                          And an intriguing look lights his lonely face
                                          Who does he think about?



*I wrote this about 7 years ago while helping run a soup kitchen in Little Rock. On one Thanksgiving my friend and I went to a place under the old tracks where 5 homeless men lived together. We brought them a deep fried turkey and dressing. I wanted to ask each what he was thinking about, but I wrote this poem instead...

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  1. Date: 6/1/2013 9:31:00 AM
    & yes, Manila Bay sunsets are one of the most beautiful I think (I am crazy in my own way-- the past weeks, not that anyone noticed? But just for kicks for me, I was changing my avatar pics over several weeks leading into my current sunsetting one; sort of like a slow mo sunset haha) & yup, amazing how they are all different even volcanic eruptions are a factor in sunsets/sunrise, right? have a great weekend!

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 9:28:00 AM
    This is another poem of yours that shows compassion & you wrote it in a way that you got your reader getting intrigued with you. Those guys must've been truly thankful for you on that Thanksgiving day... I am a people watcher,& sometimes I ask myself what others are thinking, wondering why they are looking that way at that moment. Thanks for passing by, haha of course you wouldn't know, but yup, marshmallow can be apt :p

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 12:00:00 PM
    Caleb, this is amazing! I'm so touched by it. So sad....oh to get a peek into his mind and know what events brought him to where you found him. Wonderful write. Thanks for reading so many of my poems. I've answered all your comments...please read the one I wrote for the Avatar poem, if you are curious enough! :) Take care!

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 2:12:00 PM
    Observation of humanity...always inspiration...maybe I should put more of my own observations up? ...But I love being able to read your words and picture them so vividly...amazing ~Lauryn

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 10:19:00 AM
    I like your older poems .Not sure if I've read this one.I really like the description about the man.Great job as always

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 1:25:00 PM
    A beautiful and touching poem, Caleb. It causes me to be grateful for my life and who I have in it. Jack

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 12:10:00 PM
    This is great, Caleb! I love it when Soupers post old poems. It was a pleasure to stop by, as always. :) Hugs!

  1. Date: 4/6/2013 2:40:00 PM
    caleb very thoughtful piece of work...David

  1. Date: 4/5/2013 8:29:00 PM
    Caleb, you've left a legacy. I respect this golden write. You have a wonderful thoughtful mind. Can't wait to read some more from you. --I wonder what he was thinking too. I often see interesting people here and there, especially homeless people, and have wondered about their lives--who they were and are, and what they think. This is a great verse, I quite enjoyed the simulating thoughts of your own mind. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 4/5/2013 8:52:00 AM
    You are truly an observer, Caleb. You pick up on things that most people wouldn't notice. I'm so glad to see an older poem of yours! You are one talented guy.

  1. Date: 4/5/2013 6:41:00 AM
    I wonder what the answer would have been apart from the deep appreciation they must have felt at such a thoughtful thing you did .. Well done Caleb, you have a powerful heart in there.

  1. Date: 4/5/2013 5:22:00 AM
    What would he think Caleb?Maybe he dreams of a home..a hot plate of soup..welcoming arms and a decent job.He thinks how his tomorrow is going to be..If he d survive the suffering of another day..or maybe he blocks each feeling..emotion and thinks nothing.Thanks for writing about these people i hold close to my heart..and what you did was beautiful..going tmfvs

  1. Date: 4/5/2013 5:18:00 AM
    What would he think Caleb?Maybe he dreams of a home..a hot plate of soup..welcoming arms and a decent job.He thinks how his tomorrow is going to be..If he d survive the suffering of another day..or maybe he blocks each feeling..emotion and thinks nothing.Thsnks for writing about these people i hold close to my heart..and what you did was beautiful..going tmfvs

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 8:28:00 PM
    this is so thoughtful, Caleb. And what you wrote about the situation that brought you to write this. It reminds me of the time hubbie took me to a motorcycle rally. The people there were a bit repulsive to me. Their actions and rowdiness. so I went back to the motel and just wrote about my feelings. I did that at a casino once too. It was all too materialistic for me. I just had to get away from it and write. You are a poet when you are moved to just write where you are no matter what.

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 2:48:00 PM
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  1. Date: 4/4/2013 2:47:00 PM
    Your a quality of a man Caleb Smith, the kind we don't encounter every day, I bet the joy you brought them, warmed them through a night and many more, thank you for sharing this sentiment, I found it deeply touching. Sending you a warm hug, take care, xxx

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 2:18:00 PM
    You know this deserves an answer..what did you think he was thinking about. It's OK Caleb I will snap out of it! where is your sweet picture? I can't tell what it is you have up there? an eye in a web? Light & Love