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That Lady on the Corner
by Sue Hess

Saturday, April 09, 2005
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She came up from the streets
Past the gangs and the gangsters
Keeping her head high
And her heart to herself
She cried at night
While her mother worked the streets
Her daddy long gone
To a needle and jails
She had nothing to dream on
And nothing to believe in
But she kept her head high
And her heart to herself
She read and she learned
And she fought herself free
With nothing but knowledge
And a fierce sense of pride
She kept her head high
And her heart to herself
So now she lives
In the house on the corner
A mystery to all
And a lesson for some
No one really knows her
Though some have tried
But she keeps herself hidden
Alone with her pride

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Reviewed by jude forese 4/11/2005
a very powerful and creative character study ...
your poetic voicing is consistant and strong ...
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 4/11/2005
Now, How did you get my life into one
poem? (grin) You are so very talented.
Amen sister!
Love to you,
Becca P (Henry) Lang
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/11/2005
So well-expressed; so powerfully portrayed, Sue... this cuts with surgical precision and leaves us with no relief at the end - which, I am sure, is the intention!! How many are victors and yet still in chains?! Always alone - how sad. But still with head held high. You sure do know how to tell 'em. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 4/10/2005
Wow, this is a whole book condensed in a poem! Wonderfully triumphant and intriguing.
Reviewed by Emeka Nwogu 4/10/2005
Knowledge increases power. The best thing she had acquired.
A lot of us are her position. Isolated, lonely, just working silently
to obliterate whatever shame that may have dogged her path. Sue, you have touched something in my heart right now. I feel like crying.
Thanks a great deal for this offering. It reached the depth of my heart. I appreciate you!

Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/10/2005
Excellent write! Sometimes the only thing we have left is our dignity and identity of self, and this needs to be fiercly protected. Unfortunately, like everything, it comes at a cost to ourselves...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/10/2005
Powerful message Sue!!

It's like someone told me the otherday....she wonders if my husband really knows the woman I am....because he never looks deeper than skin deep....and does not have the power to look into my soul!!
As a matter of fact I wonder how many of my own family REALLY knows me for who I really am....not the joker but the deeper side of me!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/10/2005
Powerful and it reflects the isolation of
our society. But I know that there is the
danger there and so that makes it necessary.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/10/2005
A powerful piece, Sue. I think sometimes walls are truly needed for self protection, but at other times they truly do keep us far too isolated from one another.
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 4/10/2005
Sue--nicely done. I like how this ended with her pride intact. Coping skills and armor aren't so bad when protection is needed.
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight* Authors & Creations 4/10/2005
She can't get any lonelier than alone with her pride...
Good write, Sue.
Reviewed by A PAX 4/10/2005
the armor of survival...........
not all have this
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 4/10/2005
Oh, so sad. Nicely written though.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/9/2005
Excellent write on a sad topic,yet
we each have to sing our own song.

Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente 4/9/2005
Sad write, Sue.
I enjoyed the story line.
Well written.

Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/9/2005
an excellent writer
Well Penned

William......Peace & Love
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