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Into the Night
by Bonnie M Torrente

Monday, March 28, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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~ Into the Night ~

Pushing her basket, heaped to the top,
Down to the river, her usual stop.
Under a bridge, well hidden from sight,
She walks towards her refuge, into the night.

Humming a tune, as she drudges along,
Repeatedly singing an old childhood song.
Lyrics escape absent minded lip sync,
She pulls out a bottle, has a quick drink.

A basket of treasures, kept safely in tow,
Guarded with vengeance, contents in stow.
Drunk as a skunk, chilled down to the bone.
She walks to a bridge, she regards home.

Safe in her shelter, beneath railroad ties,
Laid down on cardboard, an old woman cries.
Bewildered, confused, perplexed in her plight,
She looks toward the sky and into the night…



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Reviewed by John Hutchinson 3/30/2005
Back in 1959, I was working in my uncle's Service Station in Santa Ana California. From the station I could see a bridge over a dry river bed. I've never forgotten those cardboard boxes! Bless you love!
Reviewed by jude forese 3/29/2005
finely tuned and profoundly written piece ...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/29/2005
perfect! thanks for sharing, bonnie; very well done! brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/29/2005
Haunting piece! You've captured the
feel of this condition. Sad!
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/29/2005
It is so sad they our federal and state governments say that we have the homeless taken care of in shelters and meal sites. But there are other like the old woman in this poem, who do not go to the shelters, who do not go to the meal sites, byt choose to beg for money for their wine. It is a shame that there are homeless and hungry in people IN the United States of America. May the Lord Jesus Bless you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((HUGS))), Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 3/28/2005
This is sad but so true.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/28/2005
As sad as they come Bonnie! Yet, so much of it today it boggles the mind.Exceptional poetry!


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