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St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL AND THE TRAMP

ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL AND THE TRAMP Thousands, perhaps millions of wily, desperate tramps have always been, But this one far away across the seas was an unusual scene, Lying on a slab of stone, He had no existing home, Thin, dirty and hungry, present in a place so pristine! There are so many around and everywhere about, But this tramp, above all others, no doubt stood out, We saw him on holiday, Whist on a trip to the UK, T’was a man, couldn't’ tell alive or dead, but stout! Where did we see this aging, neglected human being At St. Paul’s Cathedral, in the foyer as you walk in, Could see that he meant no harm For inquisitive tourists, worked like a charm, I felt awed by the spiritual presence of God, ever seeing. Sunday, had gone to early mass, chilly put on our shawls Humbled with its historic architecture and solid walls, Princess Dianne married Prince Charles here, She had no clue her funeral was near, Forgetting everything, took part in mass in total enthral! Heard angelic unbroken voices of pre-teen boys choir Our family was spiritually enveloped, never been here prior, We took our seats, no other noise, Service ended with hymns from the boys All dressed in rich red robes and outfits, ecclesiastical attire! People permitted to walk around the cathedral, we saw tombs, Royalty buried in this remarkable place, perhaps died with gloom, History took place inside St. Paul's, With its secret passages and halls, And many controversial theological disputes solved in back rooms! Remembered the tramp, was he OK, was he breathing, Someone nudged him he didn’t move, another started her healing, Were concerned, thought it should be reported, He was dirty as soot, his hair knotted, The tramp, nonchalantly sat up, stretched and disappeared, hymns singing! Packets of food and milk were tucked in a corner, And two blankets and a duvet, and an old pullover, People from around and all the priests, Saw he had essentials, no whisky treats, The tramp was happy in his sanctuary like little Jack Horner.

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Date: 6/4/2019 1:15:00 PM
Consider: Perhaps the 'tramp' was the herald of the Messiah come! … testing to see if folks were ready yet to welcome him...The Old Testament tells us that God is the Father/Protector of the Widow, the Orphan, and the Stranger... The New Testament tells us that Jesus' ministry was a ministry of the Poor and that 'The Meek will inherit the Earth'... The Talmud states: 'Let your house be open to the multitudes, and let the poor be as members of your family.' (Avoth 1:4)… Who knows who you saw?! :) gw
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 6/5/2019 1:06:00 AM
What a wonderful comment, it is people like you Gershon that will inherit the Earth, the faithful and the believers - I do fall into your thinking pool, yours are the words of a wise man, I so loved reading you awesome comment. Perhaps you are right - maybe that tramp we saw was a message, especially lying in the entrance of a Cathedral, but even it he was The One, I didn't stay around too long and wonder what ever happened to him -I will never know as this was 22 years ago, hugs and blessings. Jennifer.
Date: 6/3/2019 4:13:00 AM
Not sure that this is a limerick, but your poems surely rings the bell ... Kind wishes, Kai
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 6/3/2019 7:02:00 AM
Not actually, but the poem kind of took its own form - glad you liked the poem and thank-you for your comment Kai, All the best, Jennifer.
Date: 5/31/2019 1:58:00 AM
G'day Jennifer … even in the confines of a church, many turn their heads when they see a tramp that nobody really knows the circumstance. To recall this makes you observant as every good writer should be. Another good tale from you Jennifer - Lindsay
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 5/31/2019 8:12:00 AM
Thank-you Lindsay, kind of you to say so - It is something that has stayed in my mind for 20 years, the image is so vivid that I can still see his knotted hair! Hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 5/29/2019 3:08:00 PM
Amazed by your capacity to write such long poems, so well, Jennifer. You are a true story teller..you gave voice to the cathedral and the person that sought shelter there.
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Date: 5/30/2019 12:35:00 AM
It was an experience of faith and thankfulness, of awe and happiness - St Pauls Cathedral is a structure with centuries of history - it gives us a peek into the bitter/sweet life of monarchs of yesteryear, it oozes traditional faith and houses a homeless tramp, what more could it do? it was the most wonderful building I have ever seen. Thank-you for a wonderful comment Vijay, each of us have a unique style, i could never write and portray the beauty and love you ink Vijay - always look forward to your next poem. Hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 5/27/2019 2:46:00 PM
very thoughtful write - ha ha, I was nearly there at the end (my name has often been mistaken for Jack Horner)
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 5/28/2019 1:34:00 AM
Hi Jack I did think of you as I wrote the last line and knew you would notice - Your name is a big co-incidence, but only that - thank-you for your support and friendship. Hugs, Jenn.
Date: 5/26/2019 1:58:00 PM
This is touching and entertaining, you took me there and I could both see him and feel the emotional layers around me. I'm glad you delivered this summary-story-poem to the world, to the world that needs exist with wide opened eyes! Love ... CayCay
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JENNIFER PROXENOS
Date: 5/27/2019 1:46:00 PM
A poor homeless man who found sanctuary in the House of God and who sang His praises! I am touched by your comment CayCay, but I always am! Blessings and hugs, Jenny.
Date: 5/25/2019 2:39:00 PM
You mix narrative, imagery and detail into a lovely delightful poem, Jenny. The descriptions of St, Paul's and the tramp take centre stage...and the reference to Jack Horner sitting in a corner elicits a smile. ~ Warm regards & Hugs // paul
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Date: 5/26/2019 10:26:00 AM
Don't know why I didn't write about it sooner - this happened many years ago when my father was still alive and Ricky was 9 years old - the last time we went to England about 4 and a half years ago we were touring Scotland as well so didn't have time visit St. Pauls - actually very sorry we didn't as I feel a visit there is almost like a pilgrimage! Thank-you for an awesome comment Paul - warm regards, and hugs Jenny
Date: 5/25/2019 5:30:00 AM
Yeah, in a sense...he found his little corner... and somehow he impressed you...A lovely experience...
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Date: 5/25/2019 5:47:00 AM
It was an overwhelming feeling that this person had found sanctuary in the the holiest of places, a house of God, a cathedral! Thanks Arturo - a great comment. Hugs, Jennifer
Date: 5/24/2019 3:39:00 PM
An entertaining piece of a compulsory character who rambles through the enlightening history lesson Jennifer, Aloha wk
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Date: 5/25/2019 1:17:00 AM
Well understood and great comment William - it was his safe place of refuge and he was given the necessary - he wanted no more, and sang hymns, which gave him back some sanity. Best wishes and hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 5/24/2019 11:52:00 AM
I love great lims and this is a GREAT one, Jenn! Glad you enjoyed the Moose lim and that it gave you a laff - Bob
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Date: 5/24/2019 12:08:00 PM
Thanks for a great comment Bob - better pull the reins in on that moose of yours -LOL! Hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 5/24/2019 11:37:00 AM
so much history and intriguing events in this holy place... nice one, jen! ..huggs
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Date: 5/24/2019 12:09:00 PM
Thank-you Nette - this comment means alot coming from you my friend! Hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 5/24/2019 9:38:00 AM
Very interesting write, Jennifer, never have been to the Cathedral , but would love too.
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Date: 5/24/2019 10:55:00 AM
It is just amazing to be inside St. Paul's Cathedral - it demands such reference and beckons the faithful! You would be awestruck! Hugs, Jennifer.