Four euro and seventy eight cents

Four euro and seventy eight cents

A Poem by Shellie

Met a homeless man on the street today in the rain. I gave him E4.78 in change. He gave me a dose of cop on.


He sat to the side like a discarded Christmas present,

Asking for a few cents from passing strangers;

Who ignored him and walked right by,

 including I.

Yet….his words registered as I turned the corner;

Is he really wishing us all a Merry Christmas?

Even though we are blind to his plight.


I have to go back now…..

Back to the only human being I have met recently

Who is not devoid of human kindness…..


His jacket is torn, he sits in a puddle in the rain,

And his cup is half empty… yet to him maybe half full.


I am so ashamed of myself and my selfish nation…..

I give him money and he wishes me Good tidings.


I wish him a Merry Christmas… Really wish him it.

And I walk away

My heart a bit brighter. 

© 2012 Shellie

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It's always pleasing to me to know there are still good people left in the world. Kudos to you for being one of few! This piece made me smile and spoke volumes in how we view those less fortunate; who though needy still offer a kind word and a chance to be made better by sharing what little we have to make the world a brighter place for us all. On behalf of everyone who's ever been down so low to rely on the kindness of strangers: thank you!

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And I walk away

My heart a bit brighter.
A nice write.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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to be, to open, to scrape the sweet from inside your head then hand the bowl for all us to devour is brave....thank you

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Added on December 16, 2012
Last Updated on December 17, 2012



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