Brian Garfield Morrison


Love Thy Neighbor


Next door I heard her arduously praying,
When appearing out of nowhere - a quiet gusting.
Shivering not; but caustiously aware of a presence,
An aroma unfamiliar...crowding the dark room.

'Who is it' she asked aloud - half raised.
Staring into the night, unclad - half dazed.
Intently listening as the silence grew intense,
'Is that my lover' she said with gloom.

'Your lover left...gone' came the heavenly refrain
'I took his last breath but not in vain'

Up now and wide awake, it was indeed no dream.
I had prayed to him and now he has come.
'Lord have mercy on my soul,
To you I give myself, for any role'

'Did you love your neighbor with esteem?
If not, why should you be mine...to welcome'

Mankind, your true lover, so yearned your touch.
He laid at your feet, as we walked and rushed.
His declaration, is my declaration ignored
Nonetheless, I love you still - be assured.

'Oh God...have mercy on my soul,
To you I give myself, use for any role'
Hush now my love, awake from thy slumber,
Go henceforth, feed your love. Appease all hunger.

(1.9.2012)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Inspired by the homeless and the indigent in the subways of NYC 'The least of these' of whom we walk by every single day.

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  • Gold Star - 8,194 Points Khalida Bano Ali (9/11/2014 10:36:00 PM)

    A heart touching poem, a nice poem of the day, congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,515 Points Neela Nath (9/11/2014 10:35:00 PM)

    I feel like this whenever I happen to cross any foot path at night.Heart-touching poem.Thank you and congrats! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,818 Points Darlene Walsh (9/11/2014 8:15:00 PM)

    I've walked by a few during my trips to NYC, although it's been a few years and I was young. I always felt sorry for them, wondering what their story was. I remember a young man playing a guitar and singing for change near the PATH train in the World Trade Center two weeks before 9/11. As I watched the towers fall on TV, over and over again, I wondered what had happened to him.
    I will remember your poem when I next return to NYC or any similar city. And I liked the last few lines, to receive a second chance is a great blessing.

    Darla :) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,384 Points Terry Craddock (9/11/2014 7:09:00 PM)

    Unique in scope and dimension, adds layers of meaning and variation to the traditional love thy neighbour theme. Absolutely deserved a 10+. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,737 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/11/2014 10:55:00 AM)

    A great poem expressing the incidents of sadness, its beautiful images the poem is a success and full of truths in real life. I enjoyed as an ordinary reader. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,067 Points Mohammad Skati (9/11/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    It's a great poem that makes someone enjoys it fully. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,842 Points Babatunde Aremu (9/11/2014 5:08:00 AM)

    Nice poem. We all need to 'feed our love'. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/11/2014 2:55:00 AM)

    The crown itself is beauty..morning show the day lovely (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,980 Points Chinedu Dike (9/11/2014 1:13:00 AM)

    The day of reckoning. A lovely piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,980 Points Chinedu Dike (9/11/2014 1:13:00 AM)

    The day of reckoning. A lovely piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 866 Points Liliana ~el (9/11/2013 10:46:00 PM)

    What. Deeply religious! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 126 Points Kelvin Owusu (9/11/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    This is nicely written, great poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Dr Syed Anwar Yarkhan Jilani (9/11/2012 3:52:00 PM)

    Great going. Pure spiritualism. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 816 Points Leslie Philibert (9/11/2012 4:56:00 AM)

    Good story, good write (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,828 Points Clarence Prince (6/14/2012 2:33:00 PM)

    Oh God...have mercy on my soul Indeed a nice plea for mercy, Brian! Blessings! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,511 Points Godfrey Morris (5/17/2012 10:23:00 PM)

    Lovey poem telling a story. You have a great command of words. (Report) Reply

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