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An old man
A Grumpy bitter old man
Bitter face
Red nose
Wrinkled beady eyes
Scruffy clothes his best attire

Life has not been kind
So his bitter words bite those around
He lived alone, inside his madness
Leave me be and go to hell
His favorite expressions

The phone rang one night late
This is the Court sir, your brother’s son and family 
Have been in a terrible accident
Only your niece of four survived
When can you pick her up?

The old man was in a daze
What the hell was he being punished for now
Keeping care of a dam kid
What the bloody hell did he know about that?
"Well sir, we will be expecting you tomorrow, 9am prompt please"

Walking back to his flat, with a 4 year old girl in tow
Well the neighbors gawked to say the least
The poor little girl, tears and teddy, trying to keep up with grumpy
Once inside his flat, he looked at her with disdain
Said "Guess you be expecting some food or some such"

She nodded, as sad as she was, she was indeed hungry
He showed her the cupboard and fridge, milk and cereal in there
Help yourself, and wash the dam dishes afterwards
Don’t got no extra bed, so you sleep here on the couch
She nodded silently, thinking the world truly must have ended

Days, turned into weeks, turned into months
This little girl complained not once
All she could think of was her pain
Mummy and daddy were in heaven where ever that was
Why they left her was truly confusing

Friday was her birthday
She was sad and missing her family
Getting ready, she went to the cupboard for dinner
The old man said what the hell you doing that for?
She shivered in fear, he was always so so so mad

She apologies, sorry uncle Pete
He replied you sit your self down right there
And you be quiet you here?
Then the lights all of sudden went out
Bright tiny candles burned in the night

The old man, said, is your birthday after all
Hope you don’t mind these little cupcakes I got us here
She looked at him with new eyes
He turned, not quite smiling, no miracles just yet
They ate in silence after which, he said good night and happy birthday

The next morning even they really never talked
Other than who does what chores
Or how expensive she was to care for
She asked out of the blue
"Uncle, why do angels have wings?"

In his usual grumpy way, he replied
"So they get the hell away from us as fast as they can is why
This world is no place for happiness or angels get used to that"
She was taken back by his bitterness, still………
She replied, “but I dream on them looking over me uncle"

Well he looked at her, and somewhat softly and with unusual kindness
He answered her "that’s because you are one of them, a sweet little angel"
She ran into his arms and gave him a big hug
This was a very good thing.
For then she could not see the single tear the dropped to the floor

He actually hugged her back and with all of his heart
That day, a day for most people that was a normal day
Was for him and his little charge, a miracle
A small loving child, held that secret key
To opening an old mans heart

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/22/2016 4:39:00 PM
You speak truth, you get truth. Your work is a blessing to those who read it. Thank you. Good job!
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arthur vaso
Date: 2/22/2016 9:57:00 PM
I thank you , very kind of you!
Date: 2/8/2016 6:27:00 AM
Heart touching poem. Brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful story excellently told..a fav:)
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Date: 2/8/2016 10:04:00 PM
Thank you, I really liked this one, so your comment is very much appreciated!
Date: 2/5/2016 3:46:00 AM
Very touching and cute too! :)
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Date: 2/6/2016 1:31:00 AM
Thank you kindly John.
Date: 2/4/2016 3:30:00 PM
What a heart you have Arthur. You are a wonderful soul. Creative. Descriptive and vivid images. Beautiful
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Date: 2/6/2016 1:31:00 AM
Thank you so much Kelli, very kind of you!
Date: 5/24/2015 8:50:00 PM
This is a touching story. The power of love speaks loud and clear. You skillfully told the story of how a little orphan girl literally change the heart of a grumpy old man. I'm glad I stopped by to view a gigantic 7 piece. Alexis
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Date: 2/6/2016 1:30:00 AM
I just read second post, you really are a very sweet person, thank you!
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Alexis Y.
Date: 10/11/2015 2:02:00 PM
Hi Arthur, did I tell you that this poem is one of my favorite poems . You are an amazing story teller, one of the best I've seen. I am so happy to have found your art:-) Alexis
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/24/2015 8:53:00 PM
So very kind of you, thank you so much!!!! :)
Date: 5/11/2015 10:25:00 AM
Great imagery. A story that is told in the heart. Allan
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Date: 5/24/2015 8:52:00 PM
Thank you so much Allan, much appreciated!!!
Date: 5/9/2015 10:26:00 PM
Arthur, you're a poetic genius! Love your well deserved, Poem Of The Day!
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Date: 5/10/2015 9:12:00 PM
Thank you Dave and you are far too kind! Cheers
Date: 5/8/2015 11:14:00 AM
A lovely and touching poem, Arthur! Yes, you are right...love sleeps but it never dies. I was hoping that it would have a happy ending, and you did not disappoint! #7 / paul
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Date: 5/8/2015 11:21:00 AM
Thank you Paul,yes not often I do that!!! LOL
Date: 5/6/2015 7:44:00 AM
Love is the key, faith is the test with mercy and grace the reward! A7 my friend!!!
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/6/2015 5:43:00 PM
Thanks Robert!!!
Date: 5/6/2015 3:16:00 AM
So so beautiful. Children can win over grumpy hearts too, Congratulations. A richly deserving Poem of the Day.
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Date: 5/6/2015 5:43:00 PM
Thank you so much Nandita
Date: 5/6/2015 2:35:00 AM
Truly a fantastic piece of poetry... Congratulations Arthur... superb...
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/6/2015 5:43:00 PM
Very nice of you too comment, thank you!
Date: 5/6/2015 2:22:00 AM
This Poem is mixed up with a bag of Emotions and it takes us to the scene of a different world...
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Date: 5/6/2015 5:42:00 PM
Thank you kindly Manjunath!
Date: 5/5/2015 11:46:00 PM
Wonderful story, Arthur, even grumpy people have hearts. Bless you and congratulations on Poem of the Day :~) so very well deserved.
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Date: 5/6/2015 5:41:00 PM
Thank you so much Eve, I hope Lucilla looked down upon us to come and read this one!! :)
Date: 5/5/2015 8:24:00 PM
So cool to see this achieve poem of the day Arthur! Congrats my friend.
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Date: 5/6/2015 5:40:00 PM
Thank you Richard, there is just so much inspiration here to draw upon!
Date: 5/5/2015 6:47:00 PM
Oh, Arthur, how I hoped his heart would grow kinder as the girl so needed his support. God bless you for showing us that even the grumpy people in this world can have tender moments. Very heartwarming! Love, carolyn
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/6/2015 5:39:00 PM
Thank you Carolyn, I really appreciate your so kind words!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 5/5/2015 6:48:00 PM
I see congrats are in order for poem of the day. Very deserving, Arthur!
Date: 5/5/2015 5:44:00 PM
I am not crying. There was a ninja chopping onion near my eyes. Such a sweet story in bitterness. Excellent writing again, Arthur :) Congrats for winning POTD
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/6/2015 5:44:00 PM
ahhhhh thank you Miriam! I had those same onions around as well!!
Date: 5/5/2015 3:22:00 PM
Congratulations Arthur for being honored with the Poem of the Day! Verlena
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/6/2015 5:38:00 PM
Thank you Verlena!
Date: 5/5/2015 12:29:00 PM
Congratulations Arthur on POTD!! A quite moving and enchanting poem with a compelling message for all. Extraordinary Work!! A "7" + FAV!! Best Always, Gary
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/5/2015 12:55:00 PM
Thank you very much Gary!
Date: 5/5/2015 11:31:00 AM
Magnifique...Félicitations!
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/5/2015 12:55:00 PM
Merci bien!!!!
Date: 5/5/2015 8:27:00 AM
Mr. Cowell caused me tears for two days in row! Congrats on your POTD! :)
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Date: 5/6/2015 5:45:00 PM
Thank you Kim, I will try and limit the tears for the next few days!!! :) Hugs
Date: 5/5/2015 8:02:00 AM
beyond beautiful, made me cry, congrats.
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Date: 5/5/2015 9:46:00 PM
Thank you so much Mary!!
Date: 5/5/2015 7:48:00 AM
Congrats on poem of the day - well worth a second read:-) Hugs jan xx
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/5/2015 12:55:00 PM
Thank you Jan! hugs right back!
Date: 5/5/2015 7:26:00 AM
Arthur, congratulations on this poem being chosen as poem of the day and why not, it is so breathtaking beautiful in raw emotion, sad but with that awesome ending, I was riveted to each and every word from beginning to end, 7
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Date: 5/5/2015 12:54:00 PM
That is so sweet Broken Wings, I really touched by your nice comments and everyone's here!
Date: 5/5/2015 6:47:00 AM
You are taking over the poems of the days and weeks. Awesome you.
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Date: 5/5/2015 12:53:00 PM
Its the little capitalist inside of me, "take overs" LOL
Date: 5/5/2015 6:41:00 AM
...suddenly ..... I was here again :))) - Congratulation with p.o.t.d. !!!! - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 5/5/2015 12:53:00 PM
Thank you Anne Lise again!!! xxx
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