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A Complete Stranger
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Thursday, November 27, 2008
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A Complete Stranger


Yesterday, A man in a far away country,

Volunteered to have a painful procedure,

For a woman he doesn’t know,

In a land he has never seen.


I want this man to know,

Though all are promised anonymity,

That a family here in the States,

Holds him in the highest esteem.


We embrace you, dear stranger,

For the gift of life you have selflessly given,

To not only my sister,

But to all who love her, and hold her so dear.


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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 12/8/2008
Such love to give to someone you don't even know.
Reviewed by 000 000 12/1/2008
To give and help anonymously is a reward in its self.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/1/2008
This is wonderful news and your expression of this persons benevolence moves upon the heart mightily. Happy Holidays!
Blessings ...
Reviewed by William Bonilla 11/29/2008
What can I say But
God bless that stranger
Love & peace be with you all

Reviewed by Debra Kraft 11/29/2008
Such men as this are true heros. Thank you for sharing.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 11/28/2008
Transplantation...the ultimate gift.
blessin's Sis Karen...wish people could transplant common sense during the holidays. The poor man who gave his life at Walmart just because he wanted a job can't get his life back...yet a total stranger shows love to help someone (if I read your poem "internally" in the correct sense, respects life to the point where he choose to help someone have the ability to appreciate a fuller life experience.

We really are a diverse planet...families can't get along, but strangers treat others better than family.

Too many lost souls finding the wrong kind of gifts this season. Thank you for this...(I tend to get caught up sometimes Sis because we forget the importance of EVERYday over greed in the holidays.)

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 11/28/2008
great appreciative verse Karen,hugs
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/28/2008
Oh Kare, such wonderful news! I hope and pray it works!
God bless the donor, and the Doctors who will do the surgery!
You are all in my prayers!

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/28/2008
..Karen I can feel your gratitude,,,,when my son was given blood,,I wished I could of thanked the one that give and receive is a true blessing.
Reviewed by Samuel Stone 11/28/2008
A beautiful thank you... well said in verse.. wishing you well..
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 11/28/2008
NICE,VERY NICE, SWEET POEM!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/28/2008
It often amazes me that complete strangers are often the most compassionate souls to other human beings.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/28/2008
This poem says it all to organ, blood and plasma doners everywhere. It is a topic we seldom think about until we or someone we love need help. This write is a good reminder to make sure we all have organ doner cards filled in...the live we save could someday be someone we love.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/27/2008
No words of mine can do justice to that action. Thank you, Karen. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/27/2008
What a beautiful Thanksginig for you and your family. Thank God there are people like him.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 11/27/2008
God bless people such as him, especially on days like this when we count our blessings.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/27/2008

Answered prayer? A blessing, for sure, this Thanksgiving Day: another reason to be grateful! I pray everything works out, for your sister, your angel, and you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 11/27/2008
We walk among Angels Karen and he is indeed an Angel. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 11/27/2008
I am deeply touched by the heartfelt sincerity and gratitude expressed so plainly and succinctly in this write, Karen. It's scope is far deeper and goes far wider than the mere "facts" it relates. It stops me in my tracks with the awe and respect you feel and yet this is so emotionally even and light-handed. I wish to add my applause and equally exalt such willing and anonomous sacrifice. I do hope that it is possible that this appreciation is received. Bless you all, Kate xx
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 11/27/2008
I couldn't think of a better poem to read on my Thanksgiving!

Hip Hip Hurray!
That's wonderful, Karen, absolutely wonderful!! Bless him!
Hope all goes well!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/27/2008
When I die if there are any usable parts of me left I have written for them to be donated. We owe so much to people who selflessly donate their organs while living to save someone who is dying. God Bless them all.
Reviewed by John Leko 11/27/2008
...a beautifully written thank you...that travels the distance...from heart to your fine words.
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 11/27/2008
So touching to read{Bless you all)~Ted
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/27/2008
He is a precious soul and I'm so happy he was willing to make such a sacrifice for your family.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/27/2008
OMG, Karen that is wonderful and may God enrich his life through his unselfish and generous offer. God Bless him, you and your precious sister. Love and hugs, Bonnie

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