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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kindness - PAD Day 13


In a “This n That Shop”

He was no more than seven or eight
perhaps a smallish ten
you know the kind rumpled
hair, arms and legs still thin
eyes downturned from grownups
now darting panic plain
had he five dollars
for a gift slapped his
pockets twisted round
his reddened neck
ran out the door and
back
“Had five dollars for
my father – he just
came home today”
Wanted to buy him
something – more he
couldn’t say words
caught in his throat
a grownup moved on
by – but another had
a crumpled bill thrown
into a corner right nearby
“I think that might be it
in the corner over there”
said the woman casually
so carefully at him not to stare
continuing her looking at
a this and a that
as relief flooded the air
ringing with the small voice
wondrous mumble
“can you imagine that?”

 ~

At the Littlest League Field

He swung again and
again
and again
at the ball
sneering
on the rubber
planted T
but only
when he hit it
did his mother
seem to ever see

3 comments:

  1. You described the boy perfectly and I saw the whole scene!! Loved the description of him: "you know the kind, rumpled hair, arms and legs stll thin"

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  2. This one is so touching...

    thank-you for commenting so I could find your blogs!

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  3. Thank you Janet and welcome to PA ....you csn find everyone's blog by clicking on their name on the PA site :)

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