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Lady On the Church Steps

I had seen her before in the spring and summer
The homeless lady sitting on the church steps
She would ask for help from people going into the church
She mostly was given spare change and occasionally a dollar or two
No matter how small the amount given, she would give a genuine smile and say thank you

The last time I saw her was a December around Christmas 
It was very cold and she was shivering in a tattered, light weight, coat
She began to walk toward me and I could see that she was very frail.
I hurried to her. I was afraid that her legs might fail
Seeing her that way, the terrible reality of her suffering, struck me to the core
I gave her all the money that I had with me that day
She was surprised and said I want to give you a gift.
I will tell you my real name.

Realizing this was the only thing of real value that she had left, I hesitated.
She smiled, hugged me, and then whispered Linda into my ear.
After that day, I never saw her again and couldn’t find out what happened to her.
But, I will never forget Linda and her most perfect Christmas gift.


Dedicated to Linda                   

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 1/2/2019 11:21:00 AM
How touching! Thoroughly enjoyed reading!
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Warren Doll
Date: 1/2/2019 3:37:00 PM
Hi Valerie, very glad that you enjoyed it and thanks for visiting. all the best~ Warren
Date: 11/30/2018 7:50:00 PM
What a heart-touching poem...I shall follow you. The homeless are often mentally ill and cannot find a place for themselves in the world. God will reward you for your kindness. Bless you.
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Date: 12/1/2018 10:02:00 AM
Hi Sherry, It's great to have a new friend. In my opinion, with all of the wealth in the world,, there should be no homeless. I always think of what Linda's life might have been, if she hadn't been homeless. Warm wishes~ Warren.
Date: 11/19/2018 2:40:00 PM
Warren, oh this is so beautifully penned and so emotional, to see the homeless is heartbreaking always, but at Christmas it seems even worse, hope Linda is okay wherever she is... even if that place is Heaven, well done and congratulations ~
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Date: 11/26/2018 1:32:00 PM
Hi Dear Heart, Thank you for your kind comments. My thoughts and memories of Linda are most acute at Christmas. I'm sure she's in Heaven. Warm wishes~ Warren
Date: 11/5/2018 9:24:00 PM
A very touching poem and a story that should be more often repeated. Here's an ironic point: this very evening I edited a poem similar to yours, about a local bag lady (now deceased). She was very independent and would not accept any social agency's help. I should post her story as a comparison to yours. Many thanks for enjoying my "For Men Only." Best to you. / M
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Warren Doll
Date: 11/6/2018 8:40:00 AM
Maurice, the plight of the homeless is just horrible, In the richest countries in the world, it just should not exist. I often wonder why someone would refuse help. Probably "to many strings attached" for their liking. It seems that many homeless have a similar, terrible story to tell. Your poem "For Men Only" made me laugh out loud. Thank You. All the best, Warren
Date: 11/2/2018 10:22:00 AM
It’s amazing, isn’t it, how a brief encounter can touch our lives and remain as a memory. You’ve written a beautiful tribute reflecting generosity, humility and gratitude. Linda would be proud. All my best. Deb
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Warren Doll
Date: 11/4/2018 3:51:00 PM
Deb, thanks so much for reading my poetry and for your kind comments. All the best~Warren
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Date: 11/2/2018 10:23:00 AM
And I see you’ve captured a victorious placement, as well. Congratulations. Deb
Date: 10/4/2018 5:06:00 PM
The poignancy of your beautifully expressed poem reached in deep and truly touched my heart. Congratulations, Warren, on your wonderful win with your amazing poem. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 10/6/2018 4:10:00 PM
Hi Susan, you felt what I felt ,all those years ago, standing on the church steps with Linda. Thanks so much for your beautiful comments and support. Warm wishes to you, Warren Reply
Date: 10/1/2018 2:07:00 PM
What a beautiful and poignant story. Congrats.
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Date: 10/1/2018 4:18:00 PM
Thanks very much, Dale and congratulations to you too.
Date: 10/1/2018 11:35:00 AM
Well done Warren, a very touching write, congrats on a fine placement!
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Warren Doll
Date: 10/1/2018 12:44:00 PM
Thanks so much for your kind comments and support, John. With all of the wonderful talent in here, this is indeed an honor. ~Warren
Date: 9/20/2018 8:58:00 AM
Hello Warren, people should be more kind to people in need. Have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 9/20/2018 11:02:00 AM
Hi Darlene, I agree. thanks so much for commenting and for your visit.
Date: 9/17/2018 12:12:00 PM
WOW! What a touching story this is! Excellent poetry Warren.
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Date: 9/17/2018 12:30:00 PM
Thanks so much, Vijay. I appreciate your positive comments and support, ~Warren
Date: 9/15/2018 10:05:00 AM
What a wonderful story! I would never forget her either. I'm sure you were very special to her as she is now to you. Now you are blessed.
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Date: 9/16/2018 9:31:00 AM
Hi Carole, I think about her very often and that day on the church steps. Thanks so much for visiting ~Warren.
Date: 9/12/2018 4:36:00 AM
Very beautiful, touching story, Warren. I like that she gave you her real name, that she recalled it just for you. Too often despair drains us of everything, the last to go when we feel nameless. The most poignant thing ever given to me was a name I received in a dream. My life was never the same afterward in a positive way. Blessings my friend.
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Date: 9/14/2018 10:26:00 AM
Joe, it was very special that she recalled her real name for me. I knew it was all she owned and that made it all the more beautiful to me. The name you received in a dream must have been very powerful to change you life in a positive way. I'm curious, but won't ask you to divulge the name. Thanks for all of your positive comments.~ Warren
Date: 9/4/2018 7:17:00 AM
This is such a special written story. It really reached me deeply. You are kind and it this is a beautiful dedication to Linda :)
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Date: 9/5/2018 9:31:00 AM
Always good to hear from you , Heidi. Thank you for your wonderful comments and support.~ Warren :)
Date: 9/4/2018 5:22:00 AM
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 | NIV | Love your poem my friend. Giving with a kind heart and wanting nothing return for doing so is blessed. A fav...
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Warren Doll
Date: 9/5/2018 9:43:00 AM
Thanks for all of your kind comments, Robert. I'm honored that you consider it a fav. ~Warren.
Date: 9/1/2018 10:30:00 AM
Sometimes a gift is wrapped in nothing but a whisper...A beautiful and heartfelt dedication to Linda..
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Date: 9/3/2018 10:17:00 AM
Such a beautiful description of her gift, Joseph.
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Warren Doll
Date: 9/2/2018 4:37:00 PM
Thank you, Joseph.
Date: 9/1/2018 8:43:00 AM
A wonderful story Warren, she gave you the only and most precious thing that she had. Brought to mind a poem I've written, perhaps you'd care to read it? "Yesterday" written on the 24/5/17.....Maria
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Warren Doll
Date: 9/2/2018 4:43:00 PM
Thanks for your comment and visit. Maria.. I just read your poem "Yesterday" and enjoyed it very much. So well done.~ Warren.
Date: 9/1/2018 8:21:00 AM
Such a moving, inspirational write, Warren!! Funny how in life, the smallest gestures carry the most weight. Your poem is moving and very beautiful and a potent reminder to count our blessings. Just excellent!!
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Warren Doll
Date: 9/2/2018 4:35:00 PM
Mike, Thanks for all of your positive comments and support. ~ WD.
Date: 8/31/2018 4:49:00 PM
Such a lovely inspirational free verse, my friend.. I really enjoyed reading.. Wonderfully written and so heartfelt.. Blessings my friend!!
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Warren Doll
Date: 9/5/2018 9:39:00 AM
Hi Robertina, always great to hear from you. I'm glad that you liked it. Thanks for your support. Peace to you. ~Warren :)
Date: 8/31/2018 3:38:00 AM
This is so very beautiful and heartfelt, Warren. I had goosepumps reading this, it was so touching. A wonderful true story. A fave. T.J
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Date: 8/31/2018 12:34:00 PM
Thanks for all of your positive comments, T.J.. I'm honored that it's a fave for you. ~ Warren.
Date: 8/30/2018 8:16:00 AM
A beautiful story in the form of a poem, nothing better. I am FAVing this to re-read every Christmas.
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Warren Doll
Date: 8/30/2018 9:32:00 AM
Hi Caren, I'm honored that you are Faving my poem to re-read every Christmas. This is a true story and I'm glad that you liked it so much.
Date: 8/29/2018 3:06:00 PM
A wonderful heartfelt poem, Warren. It is similar to a poem I wrote a while ago called "One Day in New York City" if you find the time please check it out. Excellent job my friend...All the very best!
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Warren Doll
Date: 8/30/2018 9:59:00 AM
Thank you for your visit and very positive comments, Charles. I plan to read your poem "One Day in New York City". All the very best to you.
Date: 8/29/2018 1:58:00 PM
Heartbreaking but beautiful poem reflecting the plight of the homeless! Well done, my friend! Hugs and love. Pandita
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Warren Doll
Date: 8/30/2018 9:27:00 AM
Hi Pandita, always nice to hear from you. thanks so much for your comment, visit, and support. Peace~Warren
Date: 8/29/2018 10:39:00 AM
Beautiful story Warren, well done my friend...
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Date: 8/30/2018 9:17:00 AM
True story and I'm glad that you liked it. Thanks for your visit and comment, Charlie. ~ Warren
Date: 8/29/2018 10:38:00 AM
'I will tell you my real name. Realizing this was the only thing of real value that she had left, I hesitated.' A wrenchingly profound line. The piece in its entirety is very well expressed, and a very good write.
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Warren Doll
Date: 8/30/2018 9:10:00 AM
Although my meeting Linda happened many years ago, those sentences were the most difficult for me to write. In fact, when I was composing this poem, I had to take frequent breaks. All my memories of Linda came rushing back. I was standing on the church steps with Linda again. Thanks so much for your comments and support.
Date: 8/29/2018 9:54:00 AM
Possibly an Angel...nun the less your generosity was recorded...we can not help all, but the person beside you...then the world would heal...great write Warren...love & light...^WW^
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Date: 8/30/2018 8:52:00 AM
She will always be an angel to me. I agree it is possible to heal the world one person at a time. Thanks for your positive comments and support, WW. ~ Peace-Warren
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