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The Lone Lady-of-the-Night in the Cold
by Patrick J McCormick
Saturday, March 05, 2005
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The lone lady-of-the-night in the cold


One very cold night in January a tragedy I did see,

Someone needed to help that girl, but that would not be me.

I wonder and worry to this very day

Why did I not stop but just drove away

Leaving her there apparently alone

 To uncontrollably shiver all alone in the cold.

I knew why she was there and I did not dare

To partake of her wares or get caught in the snare

Of a pimp who only thought of gold.

She looked so young as to her jacket she clung,

However, warmth from it was not to be, for she wore it you see

So the johns to be could see the beauty there to behold.

Her skirt was hitched high and her neckline was low

As she stood at a corner under a street lampís glow

There for any john to see as she shivered and shook in the cold.

My car was warm and she was cold

Five minutes was all she would need

To get herself warm away from all harm,

Except for that one manís greed.

Away from the scene I thought of her plight and in the mirror a coward  I see.

Someone needed to help that girl why could it not be me.

You did the right thing my friends all said

As I told of the flight I had made

Just think of the trouble she could have caused you

If she claimed you must pay what was due.

Even though you objected and your innocence proclaim

Her pimp would have been there to support her claim

The loss of your money might have been the least of you pain

And your attempt at kindness a sad tale to be told.

Where did she come from and how this life did she start

Came into my mind and would not depart.

My guilt it remained as it does to this day
As I think of her standing there shivering uncontrollably in the cold.  



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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/9/2008
You would of landed in prison eventually, it would of not been worth it either, Know a friend who's son is having this problem with an internet friendship supposedly, that was an undercover police lady. Do not be trapped with the tangle of life, you did good to let her stay and get cold in her life. I admire you for doing it, and don't feel guitly, it was a bad scene you came across. You would of hurt your wife and your family too. Sometimes you cannot help others especially that kind of person.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/30/2006
May I call you Pat?
You did right, you should in no way feel guilty
As a retired Police officer, That was part of my duty
"The prostitutes" and believe me,in her mind
she thinks she's doing good. I know it was cold
so is her heart deep inside,
if she has a pimp He's God To her
Case close
think of this, as if you were talking to a priest
looking for absolutions, Believe me.
some of the answers, of these other honest reviews
would have been the least of your problems.

Peace be with you
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 3/16/2006
You have shown to me a man with a heart of gold and compassion to's a tough decison and one I doubt few would still be worried about..I comment you but have no answers..
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 4/22/2005
Oh my goodness, what a heart-wrenching decision to make, either way! And so reflective of decisions all we humans have to make, every day. Well done!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/14/2005
I appreciate the honesty of this sad story, Patrick. I find this very moving and meaningful. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 3/8/2005
sad write, but understandable
today in these times it is very hard to follow your heart, your car could have been impounded your picture shown on John's t.v. arrested for just trying to help and not alot of people would have believed you, alot of things could have happen or she could have gotten in warmed up and gotten back out, very little chance you would have saved her life (from her life choice not in the time it would have taken to warm her bones) just goes to show your good heart
enjoyed your write
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 3/7/2005
Excellent Poem. Very emotional on everyone's parts. Anger fear guilt, quetions, reassurance, sadness, many emotions/thoughts. Excellent.

A piece of your book I read, as excellent by the way.
Thank You Patrick.
love Tracey xo
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/6/2005
excellent write, paddy! very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/6/2005
Pat this is very good, and I do agree with your friends. A pimp is not far away, if she is standing all alone, and if you only provided a little shelter, it would for the time spent, not the services had, that you would have been forced to pay for. If they would legalize prostitution, and control it under city standards of health, then it wouldn't be bad, and maybe all the rapes you hear of, would drop very considerably. But in this case that you write about, I agree with your friends, you kept on going, because you did not wish to get beaten, robbed or both. May the Lord be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love, peace, & (((HUGS))) ... Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/6/2005
poignant read

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