Sonya Florentino

(Manila, Philippines (residing NYC))

# # # The Beggar's Message

He was standing
in the middle of the highway
in mid-January, in the cold
in a decent-looking coat
probably donated

Holding a tattered cardboard sign
with three words
I squint through the fog
to read his message

I couldn’t quite read the
last word
Did he write “Godless? ”

Wow, I thought
Well I can’t really blame him
I can only imagine
his pain and suffering

As my cab approached
and passed him by
I realized how dark my vision
to have come to this
sad conclusion
I was mistaken, I confess
His last word was actually
two words:
“God Bless”

© 2010 Sonya Florentino

Submitted: Saturday, February 06, 2010
Edited: Friday, April 16, 2010

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  • Kannan G (3/27/2010 2:19:00 AM)

    A wonderful write reveling the benignancy alive within a so called beggar too. Hardships make our hearts more mellow and kind. Best wishes. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (2/12/2010 4:08:00 AM)

    Very poignant. A poem portrait
    worth remembering. No one
    should have to beg for food,
    clothing and shelter.10/10
    for this compelling message.


    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (2/12/2010 12:23:00 AM)

    blessed are the ones that have homes and that 'hunt away' their hunger...beautiful presentaton Sonya...symbolic and hard on hard truth...10 (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (2/6/2010 8:26:00 PM)

    A very touching message Sonya...I agree with you, blessings from someone in his situation merit help.. (Report) Reply

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