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Benches beckon those that shuffle softly through the ruins of decisions they have made.
Sitting in the silence, in the fog of their regrets and grief, that never seems to fade.
The sun is shining brightly on the benches in the park, glistening through their fallen tears.
As they sit among the ashes, of the solitude and thoughts, of all their wasted years.

Now there's one among them, with her smile and her stories, that can lift a troubled soul.
Picking up the pieces of their broken dreams and lives, as she tries to make them whole.
She's an angel sent from heaven, with music in her voice, that seems to sing their song.
The broken souls on benches, that were silent in their sorrow, gather strength to sing along.

In an instant they can feel, the happiness and joy, that long ago gave reason to go on.
With tears that once were full of fear, now falling with the hope and dreams, of a bright new dawn.
The angel's wings enfold them, as they feel the love of God, that can guide a shattered soul.
Moving slowly from the emptiness, they rise up from the ashes, with the faith that they'll be whole.

Now the benches sit in idleness, with great anticipation, of the lonely broken hearts.
Beckoning the shattered souls, that somehow drift to benches, and the love that God imparts.
And the benches that were empty, now are filled with heavens music, as the angel  sings their song.
While the never ending circle, of the silent souls in sorrow, gather strength to sing along.


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  1. Date: 3/16/2015 6:54:00 AM

    An aweinspiring poem, and i admire how it is motivational in a divine and godly way through and through. It's imaginative yet true to life, with hope frm God source. Great to read u again.
  1. Date: 3/1/2015 6:32:00 AM

    This is the position I believe all people come to eventually realize, "God is Good" It's difficult to fathom how a person with a fatal condition, not having anything, not even a dream of a future---can manage a smile---where those who apparently have it all---can't lift a frown. Cheers Robert
  1. Date: 2/16/2015 9:16:00 PM

    Those benches do seem to be solemn places that welcome us to sit and contemplate for a bit. Almost as if an invisible friend were always there beside us to listen... I truly enjoyed this beautiful piece, my friend. It is melancholy, yet comforting at the same time. Lovely poem, Robert!
  1. Date: 2/14/2015 7:48:00 PM

    Hi Robert, long time no see, my friend. It is always nice to read your poems. I loved this very sad song and the hope in it too. A wonderful read, my friend...peter
  1. Date: 2/14/2015 11:34:00 AM

    - The one who is patient .... I waited long for a new poem from now Robert .... but, what a great poem !!!! - A pleasure to read and nice to see you back - (7 !!!) - Happy weekend :) - // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 2/14/2015 10:51:00 AM

    Long time, no see, Robert. You really did a wonderful bittersweet poem here. Was it perhaps for the angel in disguise contest?
  1. Date: 2/14/2015 3:59:00 AM

    Simply beautiful, Robert. As I read rach line, what I've noticed is the easy way it feels to read, no pretentions, no affectations....and yet delivered with a powerful and rousing finish. A 7 and a fav. Smiles from the land of thousand isles...Kim :D
  1. Date: 2/13/2015 1:26:00 PM

    A top rating for this inspired poem, Robert! You write with positivity and poetic class. Using benches to convey your message has been wise indeed. #7 // paul
  1. Date: 2/12/2015 8:00:00 PM

    Robert, I love the wonderful lyrical way your lines are presented, giving encouragement, hope and the joy faith can bring as souls in sorrow, gather strength to sing along. It is really beautiful. #7 and a fav for me. Blessings, Connie
  1. Date: 2/12/2015 5:02:00 PM