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And Christmas Went....
by Georg E Mateos

Friday, January 04, 2008
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I saw him and gave a weeks worth to buy food to himself and to his little companion, (the dog licked thankfully (?)my hand).
But the image of them haunted me and forced my hand to write what my heart felt.






Christmas went and Santa didn’t come,
nor Rudolph the rein with the red nose,
no Christmas tree at the end of the alley,
where fingers and toes get cold and froze.

If one kept on wearing rags shredded by time,
can one call them to be the poor man clothes?
that everyone, passing by, don’t looks twice,
just hurry a little more fast, and then…ignore.

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! to you all!
this Holyday Season had hunger for a few more,
in the company of a never complaining little dog
even the right to the American dream forgoes.

Yes it was Christmas, without family or friends,
not a nice way to awake on Christmas Eve, alone,
with the only warm coming from inside the church
where they celebrate the birth of the Father’s Son.

Back in the alley he will hold the little pet in his arms
sharing with the trembling dog his vanishing warmth,
feeling the despair for a long night, but knowing that
Santa at least had found, for his little brother, a bone.

Christmas came…and went, and you get another year,
to wander the streets until the next wearing red roses,
another lonely Holy Night like this one will come or,
an angel will take both where there is that final love.



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Reviewed by JMS Bell 12/25/2010
A PIECE OF YOU WENT INTO THE WRITING OF THIS GEORG...WITH PHRASES THAT DRAW A SO SAD PICTURE YOU REACH OUT AND PRICK THE HEARTS OF ALL...TO A CONSCIOUSNESS OF GIVING AND CARING. THANKS FOR SHARING AND MAY YOU HAVE A MERRY, MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MAY THE JOY AND BLESSINGS OF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BE WITH YOU NOW...AND THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR. YOU...ARE...SO...MISSED. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS AND WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 5/31/2008
'...But knowing that Santa at least had found, for his little brother, a bone'-----VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!! 'Another lonely Holy Night like this one will come or, an angel will take both where there is that final love'---------MOST BEAUTIFUL SENTENCE, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 3/6/2008
sO GOOD BUT SO SAD TO BE ALONE ON cHRISTMAS.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 1/6/2008
Poverty & Homelessness is a very emotionally devastating thing. I personally encountered this myself twice. Homeless, poverty, & no family living in my car. It was horrible. A hard place to crawl out of. But when I was there in that deep deep hole is the closest God's Angels knowingly with many announcements of there presence came to me. I have never shunned a homeless person, nor felt ridicule or better than either. It can happen to anyone, some people don't realize it wasn't a choice to know such poverty. I loved your write George as always.
EMBRASSE'
Vickie
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 1/5/2008
Heartbreaking. Somehow, you touched my soul with this story/poem. Every verse is written with deep compassion. So real and painful. Thank you for sharing.

Be well,
Sheri
Reviewed by jude forese 1/5/2008
a good blast of reality ...
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/5/2008
Disturbing, alarming, and very real...God Bless, love Holly
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/5/2008
"The poor, the afflicted, do they even exist?...or are they just visions for us not to miss?"

This line is the beginning of the last stanz, my "Hobo in the Forest"
Right away, while reading it hit me and I think of those lines everytime I hear of such..."And Christmas Went", also drives that same love for all humanity!

There is not one man
or women alive
that can't find themselves
at anytime.

A wonderful pen, Georg...and God will Bless you Tenfold!:)
Love and Peace~
Kimmy~
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/5/2008
Heart breaking and so true Georg, Too many are out in the cold and going hungry and then you hear those complain about what they do have. Thank you for sharing.
Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Glen Schulz 1/4/2008
Amazing depth here Georg. Those that wouldn't look twice should envy the love shared by this man and pet. In the end God will be very kind to them and those that care, like you.

All the best from Texas, *Glen*
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/4/2008
Has a dickens feel. Top notch
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/4/2008
Your poem sings a sad song,, Beautifully
Christine
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/4/2008
So heartbreaking to come across people like the one in your photograph. You have written from within your soul to express one of the many injustices in this world today....

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 1/4/2008
I've thought that perhaps the least the country could do was supply transportation to all the homeless south for the winter and north for the summer. Maybe they would take notice how many are really out there. It's a thought for what it's worth. It's sad to see, and I know some chose it for different reasons, yet sad none the less. I could not imagine living that. Lady J
Reviewed by Morning Star 1/4/2008
George you have a very kind heart
Your write sends a message of sharing
Not only in special occasions
Hunger is out there many homeless
And families with children and their nlittle companion needing help
This to me is a message to help some one
Today don’t wait for a holiday hunger doesn’t wait
Outstanding piece!!
Love The Picture Too!!
Peace Love and Hugssss….Morning Star
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/4/2008
Such honesty is hard to bear Georg! Thank you for your compassion, sharing this worthy poem and pic that reminds us to do more than than pass quickly by,otherwise what does that do to the meaning of Christmas...

ET
Reviewed by John Leko 1/4/2008
...beauty and honest write George...if only the warmth in this ink could warm the blood in others hearts...sharing a blanket of compassion for those out in the cold.
Thank You...
John
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/4/2008
Very moving write!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by William Bonilla 1/4/2008
A truly sad offering
yet you expressed it on paper so well
Like a Christmas documentry
Peace be with you Brother

William
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/4/2008

Enjoyed the exoteric ontological flowing of pictures from the poemization... The messages in the esoteric images voice the depicting of the reality of the season in its most actions and deeds. This poem, "And Christmas Went...." was poetized with words dictated by the sounds of the bells of Justice.

I salute You, Poet.

Your sowrn admirer,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/4/2008
Sad tale of a place none of us are that far from. Just one or two things to happen to us, and boom.

Walt
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/4/2008
Been there, bro', many years past but NEVER forgot...E & R
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/4/2008
Heartbreaking write, Georg; instead of helping those who are truly in need, we help those who abuse the system or help those who don't NEED the help! Sad! A powerful call for change; thanks for opening up our eyes with this painful reality! Someone needs to! And you are the one who can do it!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/4/2008
This is a stunning poem that arouses feelings of sadness, pity and even guilt--guilt for having warmth, shelter, food in abundance. These are wonderful blessings, for which I must be thankful.
But, yes, I could do more to help these two and others like them.
The picture is a beauty, too, and I can't help but notice how owner and dog resemble each other, something I've often heard happens.

Connie
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/4/2008
But the image of them haunted me

As they should haunt us all, brother. And you tell their extremely sad tale very well.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 1/4/2008
With this poem George you gave the little Jesus boy a wonderful Christmas gift, for your heart spoke what he would have said, and I wonder when the world will learn enaugh compassion, so that this would not ever happen to anyone ever, especially when it's his birthday, you sharing this poem with us, and a weeks worth of living for both, will surely go into the big book up there, and if they should forget, I will write it in for you. YOu touched me deeply, and I think you will many more, what a wonderful way to help with your artistic talents, please keep on writing, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Blessings and love! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/4/2008
Sad but all too true...

Fee
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 1/4/2008
Oh my this one tugs at the heart my friend, you've penned a sad poetic story of how many live their life each holiday and each day while we sit in the comforts of our homes. A poem that makes one stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas...well done, a deep and moving write!
Blessings,
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/4/2008
This one lumps up the throat, Georg. Powerfully, effectively penned sadness. Where is the Christmas spirit now? Oh, I forget, it's buried under mountains of debt created by our own selfish greed!!!! Excellent, excellent call for change, my (((friend))).

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.



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