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Along Life's Way
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Thursday, February 28, 2008
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It is a shame of what the world has caused us to do in life, so many of us have no choice but to turn away from a stranger in need, not everyone is on the street because they chose to be.

Along Life’s Way

Along my short travels in life,
I saw a man sit by the way,
So lonesome with a handsome face,
Just someone who had lost his way.

I went over just to chat with him,
I asked him if he’d like to sit with me,
He looked at me with tears in his eyes,
He said this is not how things ought to be.

I reached my hand out to offer him,
With a smile he soon stood his ground,
He said just give me a chance my friend,
I could turn my whole life around.

There were others there on the street,
Who felt the urge to just walk away,
But I helped a stranger, my friend,
Turn his life around that very day.

I could see deep into his heart,
I found the love he held within there,
For here was a son a father a brother,
A friend who deeply did care.

I saw past the ragged old clothes,
The face unshaven the hair was uncombed,
I followed all the love in his heart,
Soon he was no longer alone.

No longer a stranger on the road,
But a friend that has found his way,
For I mended his heart as I filled mine,
By offering a hand to a stranger that day.


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Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 3/8/2008
Giving what we can [be it food, money, time, a job, etc] fills the heart and soul [of both] with untold bliss. And God said, "what so ever you do for the least of my brethren, you do for Me." A beautiful example and poem of sharing.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 3/4/2008
Thank God for you. Such a powerful and heartrending write. It's hard to trust a stranger not to take advantage of you. But you followed your own love and changed a life. Bravo. Excellent. Liz
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/1/2008
Rose, a heartfelt write...

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/29/2008
Outstanding write!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/28/2008
WOW ! Great write Rose. And a great lesson in life. This is what it's all about; helping one another. God bless you my friend.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/28/2008
The beauty in your heart and soul liberated his, Rose, and allowed his life to flourish. It is wonderful when love so fills you up that there is no concern about personal well-being... many of us women might have felt challenged and vulnerable in your shoes. You show us the way... and how. You're a gorgeous person, as your name testifies. TY for your concern and example. And this flowing write. Kate xx
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 2/28/2008
That is where it all begins, showing compassion and lending a hand.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 2/28/2008
I've heard it said that a little effort can do a world of good and there is no greater feeling in this world than helping someone in need.

Beautiful writing, Rose!

Reviewed by Michael Guy 2/28/2008
It is strange how most people automatcally "steer clear" of those who have the least aura of homelessness or trouble, especially when alone. But you overcame that mindset that day and at least put in wonderful verse the problem becoming so frequent - not easy in this material-mad rush world. You are one of few who can write mainstream poems that avoid all the cliches but say something needed & important.
Being a loner, sometimes misunderstood; I'm glad I clicked on this today.
Reviewed by Charlie 2/28/2008
I always say the best high in the world is helping someone-- it's good-quality stuff. --cHarlie
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 2/28/2008
To invest a little is a big return....Beautiful Rose,, If you have time read my poem "Exchange of a Moment",,, does not take much to make a difference...:)
Love, Christine
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 2/28/2008
I wish everyone would do this, help out someone in need. The world would be a better place. A touching poem.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 2/28/2008
You are a beautiful soul Rose and this poem deeply touched me as I'm sure it will others.
Reviewed by Sanja Dayslink 2/28/2008
I enjoyed this one. I have this odd thought of this, I find it hard to pass by an unfortunate of our society because I am often left wondering if that is/was God testing me? Just how I was brought up to always believe that God is everywhere and does often test us in the most unsuspecting ways. Nice write.

Sanja xo
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 2/28/2008
Simple as that...we extend our helping hands and when felt, they reach far beyond just that homeless man, or the lost or forsaken...we reach into a message sent from our hearts, through is everlasting promise, touching our very own soul with glory!
Loved this!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/28/2008
The Lord said that when you feed someone with hunger you are feeding your soul with Him.

Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 2/28/2008
Wonderful find a human soul...Gerard
Reviewed by Selena Dobbin-Gillis 2/28/2008
Beautiful write sis and I agree, too many just pass by instead of offering a hand, or a smile. Thankfully we were brought up by our mother to always extend a hand to those less fortunate.

Love you sis,
Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry 2/28/2008
Very comforting writ.

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/28/2008
A touching write is a shame that anyone has to live on the streets, but with the cruel blows that life sometimes deal us mixed with poor choices, and other circumstances I'm surprised there are not more. In our small community it isn't uncommon to see homeless people sitting by the on-ramp to the parkway or the exit ramp asking for food...not money...just food! I always feel better about myself if I make an effort to reach out and help those that are less fortunate, how much effort of money does it take to buy a chicken dinner and a coke, as well as a honey bun or candy bar? I posted a poem some time ago titled Entertaining Angel Unaware, I'm not sure if it is still posted at my den, if so I think you would enjoy it...well done, written from the heart with a wonderful message.
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/28/2008
I have said this very sentiments more than once dear Cuz, especially when it comes to street kids. I look at them and wonder what there stories are cause they all have stories and then I look at them and think how lucky my own kids were to have grown up without being where these people are. I give what I can when there hand is out and I have been told I am a fool for it will be used for drugs or booze but maybe...just maybe it might be that extra loonie or toonie the person needs to get on a bus back home...

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 2/28/2008
You have a great soul Rose.
I've helped in my day, and some do
try an take advantage..
Bye sweet Lady of the Den
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/28/2008
If more would extend their arms in friendship, in love, the world would be a much better place. Beautiful reminder, Rose, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/28/2008
But I helped a stranger, my friend,
Turn his life around that very day.

If only many more would do the very same, what a better world this could be.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 2/28/2008
Your compassion is seen clearly in this heartfelt poem. A smile goes a long way, an outstretched hand goes a lot farther.
I especially like your ending, "For I mended his heart as I filled mine, By offering a hand to a stranger that day."

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/28/2008
Rose, I just wrote a story about this very thing: a teenager helping out the poor in her community. I wish I could do more for them myself, but not having any income, I can't. All I can do is pray for them, pray that they get the help they desperately (and rightfully) deserve. No, a lot of them did not ask to become homeless; it just happened in a cruel, unforgiving way. Very powerful and inspiring message of a call to help our brothers and sisters truly in need! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/28/2008
a truly compassionate and lovely write-what a beautiful story-i hope it is true
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