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|Reviewed by Thomas Watson
|I would hope I would never walk away from such a gift from a stranger. Rather I would do this:
I was softly brushed by
A warm breeze, gently…
As I was warmed this day
By a kindness, intentionally.
I was lifted from the valley,
My spirit was brought high
As I went my busy way…
Hardly noticing the sunny sky.
A stranger brushed by,
Carrying a sadness in her eye,
Until her glance caught mine
And I saw a heart shine…
And the breeze moved over me,
As her need and kindness broke free,
Lighting my shadowed life’s view,
Brushing me with something new…
A stranger’s smile was given,
Lifting my burdens in that moment…
A stranger’s smile was shared,
Though I saw, she had her own cares.
A stranger smiled at me, and, in turn,
I looked into her hopeful eyes, smiling in return.
|Reviewed by Robert Blackwell
|Very poignant and heart-heavy writing to savor at sunrise.|
|Reviewed by Morning Star
|Wow this is very profound write
It's sad but true a smile or a simple
Hello may makes a differences on someones day!
I'm a very friendly person so I always smile or say hi
Outstanding write love the imagery and the
Love And Peace to you always
Your friend...Morning Star
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|This poem reaches the depth of my soul and awakens all of my emotions, Angela. It really does leave me with no words worthy of commenting adequately but I know you can feel my empathy. Love, peace, and healing to you,
|Reviewed by Laura Mayer
|Angela, this write is gut-wrenching to read, because sadly it is true. A simple Hello really does make someone's day. I know that if someone says hello to me, it lifts my spirits just to be acknowledged and not ignored. You have endured a horrible childhood, yet through all you've been through you still have the decency to be polite and connect on some level even with a stranger. I admire you.
|Reviewed by George Carroll
|Thank God you have been blessed with two beautiful children to give you the joy that was taken away from in your youth. Each day that I go out I can't count the number of people who look past you as if you were invisible. Have we all become so preoccupied that we have lost that great expression HELLO. You have climbed out of the depths of despair and made a life for yourself which speaks volumes of the courage you have in facing adversity.May God bless you and your family with much happiness.|
|Reviewed by Barbara Smith
|Angela, this poem gripped at my heart today, writing helps us to rid ourselves of the pain, hurt, and anger within our hearts. I sometimes believe God gives us the talent to write to rid our inner being from misfortunes. Your voice presented this poem with dignity & grace. People do tend to be aloof and uncaring as we pass on our streets...it's sad. I'll not be apart of their uncaring ways though, I smile and say hello; eventhough, you can see it hurts them to the bone. Some people though are craving just a friendly smile and a hello...it makes them feel worthwhile and somebody. We never know those who are in need so that's why we must continue to reach out to those who need it. God Bless.|
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Gutrenching write. Nowadays you say hello to a stranger, many just look at you as if you're bonkers, with a hidden agenda.....
"Good aftermidday Angela, I do hope you're having a wonderful now, That dress really matches your eyes, and catches mine,
look after yourself when needed, been deilghtful meeting you on this sunny day" (Tilts hat, and strolls on)
|Reviewed by K. Mulroney
|These days all I see are glances of anger. Are we all really that unhappy? So I help a senior citizen get something off the grocery shelf. sad write but all to often real.|
|Reviewed by Art Sun
|Nice work of expression within your poem...the emotions of life and all it's hard realities found along paths that hurt and reach to destroy the spirit of one only seeking the simplicity of a hello. You display a very sad and yet power filled message within this poem...
|Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
|Angela, this poem sent chills up my spine it is so wonderfully (yet sad) written. You've captured the essence of the message you impart, and it is filled with a whirlpool of emotions. Great piece.
Also, it reminded me so much of one of my neighbors who has been two feet away from me at the mailbox and doesn't see me.