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Crying Shame

I drive a taxi
And over the Christmas period
The charge per mile is higher over Christmas
because they are public holiday's 
And on Christmas day I drove a father
a 10.5 miles round trip to pick up his son
From his ex who he had for the day
Which would normally cost about £30
But in total though it came to £55 about $79 dollar's U.S

And watching them interact on the journey home
I thought how on earth with a conscious and a soul 
Could i charge this Father and Son
£55 to be together over Christmas
So I charged him £25 but he offered me £40
Telling me he knew how much it would cost
And that he knew i was working on Christmas day
Feeling empathy for me somehow
In the end i had to bargain him down and settle on £30

And I thought after accepting it
And driving away
What a crying shame on me and credit to him 
Watching them i hope that little boy
Know's that the astronomical cost of a cab fare
Was a cost willing to pay
For a Father wanting to see his son over Christmas
Happy Christmas all
And spare a prayer a lottery winning thought
For all those unsung genuine people
Like this doting father
Who forsake themselves above anyone else

Love, Happiness and Prosperity
To all of those who try
With no ulterior motive 
To them this world and the next
May God Protect


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  1. Date: 12/26/2014 10:03:00 PM

    Hi Christopher, wow.. This is a great poem to introduce yourself to the soup family. Beautifully composed, you touch the emotions
  1. Date: 12/26/2014 8:07:00 PM

    Hi Christopher, It's an honor to read a poem recommended by the author himself. About your poem: A wonderful and heartfelt poem. I enjoyed the meaning of this poem. For Christmas comes and goes, but to feel the true feeling of the joy's amazing. I, too, watched the father and son, interact through your words. It was a wonderful gift to give and let live with love. Now, I wish I had done one good deed on Christmas. But, I don't think I did :( I'm giving your poem a 7, adding it to my favorite list. That way I may visit the poem in the future. If this was your story, it's a blessed one,.... Always~ Linda
  1. Date: 12/26/2014 5:43:00 PM

    Oh Christopher what a lovely gesture you did to bring father and son together - i am so sure they both appreciated your kindness - a 7 from me:-) hugs Jan xx