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Faces Of Loneliness

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Faces Of Loneliness

The routine ride home from a neighboring town, seemed different today.  
As I glanced at the dirty, sandy spot left on the usually spotless black leather seat beside me,
I felt almost ashamed of the warm smile that crossed my face..
But that's how I felt.
Content some how.......
No radio blaring as usual. Just thinking of Ernie and his stories.
Wondering what that look was, I saw deep in his eyes.
Scared eyes..yet not scary. Eyes that had seen too much maybe, who couldn't seem to find home.

The cardboard sign simply said east. He was sitting atop a dirty, dark roll of gathered belongings at the only stop light in town. It was one of those sunrises that make you feel small. Pinks..purples..glassy blue..sun rays shooting through scattered clouds like golden fingers pointing straight to heaven. As I sat waiting for the light to change, I noticed this guy noticed it too!  I don't see many hitchhikers in our small town and the words pounded into my head since birth kept ringing over and over.  Never talk to strangers...don't do it!

Ernie is sitting next to me holding his dirty rolled up bag protectively in his lap and 
I'm at the drive through at McDonald's. Three sausage biscuits please..I take mine and hand the bag to Ernie who looked like a skeleton lost under layers of old wrinkled clothes.  Kind, hollow eyes thank me as he rolls the top of the bag down tightly and asks if he can please save his for later.  I can't speak and hope he doesn't notice tears running down my cheeks. He must , for he breaks the silence by telling me of his years on the road, although I didn't ask. He speaks intelligently of the sights and places I've always intended to visit some day. His words bring to life the adventures of meeting all kinds of people - good and bad - all over the country, but Ernie didn't tell me why he lived life on the road.

Later, he shook my hand and said goodbye.
As he stood there, that last look we shared..he smiled - I cried.
I thought I was going to help a lonely man, but he helped me........

©Donna Jones
10-16-2013

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  1. Date: 1/5/2014 11:49:00 PM

    This was a nice story thank you for sharing it with me, he seems like a wonderful man that really touched you in the heart, enjoyed the storyteller in you. it gave me alot to think about tonight. cheri oh and thanks for your commment on my write a single rose

  1. Date: 12/30/2013 2:39:00 PM

    Funny how things end up. Maybe a god send.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/31/2013 6:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Absolutely....thanks for stopping..:-)
  1. Date: 12/28/2013 7:42:00 PM

    just read this for the first time Donna, sorry i missed it bfore, you never know when you may entertain angels anaware, i once gave a 70 yr old indian chief a ride fromm sault st marie mich to detroit . He was going to florida to visit his son, he had twenty dollars, we stopped to get gas and i bought him breakfast. Had i not picked him i would have missed so many stories. This is beautiful, blessings, Carl

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 12/31/2013 6:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The smallest blessings are the best if we but stop to realize it...I think....God bless Carl....happy new year
  1. Date: 11/14/2013 10:33:00 PM

    Wow.... wow. This is so so so good, Donna. What an amazing story. It's funny how doing something kind for someone can be such a blessing. You told the story so well, it brought tears. Looks like it won something... I'm glad to see that! Congratulations, a bit late. Hugs .

  1. Date: 10/27/2013 10:42:00 AM

    Donna---Many congrats on your win! Julie :-)

  1. Date: 10/25/2013 1:28:00 PM

    Hi Donna I am sorry I have been out of the loop for so long, I hope I can back into sync soon but many congratulations on your win xx

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 8:11:00 PM

    Donna, awesome deep win.. LOVE -- SKAT

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 4:38:00 PM

    Wonderful write you have written here for us Donna. I once eft my home and became a bum for a year. So I guess i can understand little bits of Earnie, Loved this write....Peter

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 12:18:00 AM

    That's the way it happens sometimes, we think we are the one helping, when in reality it is them who helped us ;} nicely written. Thank you for reading my Angel Hearts, I think there's something missing in it though ;} NICE WIN ...

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:12:00 PM

    Sweet win... very deep....LINDA

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you dear Linda..
  1. Date: 10/22/2013 2:59:00 PM

    Amazing work Donna. I had to read through more than once. A fine work of art. Congrats

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Such a nice compliment Karen...thanks...
  1. Date: 10/21/2013 12:14:00 PM

    This is an incredible write, Donna!Congrats on your first place win! Love and blessings, Rhonda

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not to mention that beautiful baby....!!!!!
    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Rhonda.....you look like such a sweet happy person.....an angel...
  1. Date: 10/21/2013 11:17:00 AM

    My personal favorite of the lot. Congrats on a well deserved 1st place

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This comment gave my tummy butterflies....thanks....
  1. Date: 10/21/2013 8:50:00 AM

    I loved this poem, a rich description of the isolated man, not to mention your generosity. Congratulations... jack

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Appreciate your generosity Jack...thanks..
  1. Date: 10/21/2013 8:06:00 AM

    Congrats on first place win, Donna

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dr Ram....thank you...
  1. Date: 10/20/2013 9:39:00 AM

    Awesome!Congrats on your well deserved win.....

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much...:-)
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 4:55:00 PM

    I knew this one would place high, loved it when I first read it...congrats on your win :)

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Appreciate your kindness Sandra...
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 2:14:00 PM

    Donna congrats on fine win Shadow x smile

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 9:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much shadow....
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 9:16:00 AM

    Congratulations, well deserved first place!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 10/19/2013 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    P.s. I finished my watch poem.
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 5:32:00 AM

    frank has great heart and soul, and methinks this one pulled on his heartstrings...it's a very well written and poignant story, that's for sure - congrats on joint 1st place! :)

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh thank you Charlotte, and yes he does.....
  1. Date: 10/19/2013 2:34:00 AM

    so glad this one made the list. BIG congrats to you.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks Andrea,
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 9:04:00 PM

    well penned Donna....congrats on a great win

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Joseph....:-)
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 6:56:00 PM

    Great story/poem Donna ....Seren

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Appreciate that Seren....
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 5:16:00 PM

    Donna, congratulations on your fine win in Frank's contest. Love, Gail

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :-) .....thank you lovely Gail....
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 4:52:00 PM

    - Congratulations Donna, well deserved. - Proficient written!! - - Wish you a beautiful weekend, relax ... Enjoy autumn's pleasures !!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will try..you too....thank you..
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 4:08:00 PM

    Donna: Congrats on your beautiful win and great poem! G.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Giorgio..:-)
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 4:04:00 PM

    Such a fine short story! They call this a vignette. I just loved it. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/22/2013 10:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Debbie and for the info....I wonder..should I change it now?
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 3:29:00 PM

    Donna - This is absolutely stunning and beautiful...The last verse is a perfect conclusion to the story...I second Eileen's comment...Heart of pure gold - Tim

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/20/2013 10:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Means bunches coming from one of my favorite guys:-)
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 2:58:00 PM

    MD....You wrote this in such a captivating way....Your heart is pure gold, you know that? Congrats on this amazing win...You deserve it....Love ya!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/20/2013 10:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you beautiful..
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 2:50:00 PM

    I can so relate to this poem.....my 'Ernie' was actually called "Ed".......McDonald's was instead "Subway".......but the story was much the same......and the tears were much the same.....and I still see his face and wonder where he sleeps tonight. My honor to share placement with this poem! :) Congrats!

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones Date: 10/20/2013 10:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That means alot Carrie....it really is a small world after all...we are basically all really friends and family...it seems...so much in common....thank you miss wonderful!
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