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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                   

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haiku

tide
departs
sea glass shines



123 or 321 modified form haiku for contest. 9/26/2018

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haiku

rain drops hit still pond
surface ripples spread outward
tickling frog bellies

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The Shrew's Rant

I’m your eldest daughter, but I ‘m not for sale
Stop lying about my temperament and telling other tales
Father, this tradition is archaic and no longer necessary
You’re putting your wishes first and mine are secondary

The parade of pompous suitors really makes me sick
If they get to close, I’ll beat them with a six foot stick.
I already have title and wealth living in this house
Why would I marry and live with some stuffed shirt louse

I will not marry someone I don’t love and like
If you will not understand this, I’ll just take a hike
I will leave, like St. Joan, to find another war
The absurdity of this situation I can bear no more



What the daughter really wanted to tell her father in "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare 

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Snowman

Snowman stands in all his splendor
Perfectly made of three snow globes 
Proud of his coal eyes and carrot nose
Large colored marbles for mouth and smile
Hardy twigs at his side for arms
Glancing down he’s quite content
He was made anatomically correct
Classically covered by a large fig leaf

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Poet Starts with P

Poets often pontificate
In their particular poems
By punching words into 
Pre-determined form

Plying on rhyming
Placing their phrases 
In perfect presentation
With proper punctuation

Perhaps to receive 
A few platitudes
Possibly some praise
For its perfection

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The Sea

When I was young
To her waves I clung
And, I would play
Upon her sun baked bank all day

As I grew, I could do 
What my spirit wanted to
I was free
Becoming a close friend of the sea

On the day my parents died
Upon her bank I sat and cried
As my tears flowed forth from me
My sorrow was washed into the sea

Now advanced in years
Full of many old age fears
On her bank, I sit and wait
Pondering my eternal fate

After giving it some thought
Ignoring much of what I’ve been taught
I’m wading into the sea
My friend brings Peace and Death to me

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Thoughts of Eternity

Thoughts of Eternity

I often sit and wonder about eternity 
And what impact it will have on little finite me
There is a void of endlessness; as far I can see
Without shape, or light, or color, or diversity
I’m often frightened when I think that I will have no end
With nothing to do but sit around with an eternity to spend

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Limerick

There is a young lady named Jan
She lives on the Isle of Man
Her limericks top rate
She’s back from a break
Can’t wait to read them again

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Hands Off

A beautiful landscape all clustered with trees
Among the bright flowers the buzzing of bees
A babbling brook and warm summer breeze
The frolic of beavers on the cool beach sand
The air that they breathe unscented by man 
No human hands have touched this land

Look in the distance, what’s that bright gleam
Sun glinting off new shovels and axes of a ditch digging team
Man is coming to clear; then erect steel beam
Work is done at a feverish pace
The buyers are anxious to move into the place
 
The work now done has left on the site
A skyscraper shinning like a star in the night
But, the truth of this building is devastation widespread
Can’t find the brook; as it is now a dry bed
Old growth trees are cut down and dead
Birds have nowhere to give birth  
Flowers are crushed under earth
Bees are unable to find pollen of worth
The beach is now a slab of concrete
Never again to bear the beavers feet 

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