Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

An Unlikely Contemplative - Poem by Alison Cassidy

Rob
is a slob,
they say.
Doesn't have a job,
they say.
Never cuts his hair,
they say.
Too lazy
to get out of his own way,
they say.

But they're wrong, you know.

Rob
is OK.
He feeds the birds
(gives them names) ,
potters about
his tumbledown house
contemplating
(ruefully)
the jobs
he'll never finish.
Sits quietly
strumming his banjo
listening to his voices.

Rob
is happy.

An unlikely contemplative
whose wild and woolly hair
belies a thoughtful soul,
destined
to leave
a gentle footprint
on the planet.


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  • (8/4/2008 2:07:00 PM)

    Love the 'leave a gentle footprint' line: somehow captures the individual whole and makes one smile. I guess we all know someone like that. Near here lives a guy who is 100 but can't tell you when his birthday was/is (came from the islands before records were kept) ... has been a dancer, double bass jazz band player, says to everyone he knows (or doesn't) 'Salut Collègue' with irrepressible vigour..; always sits at his same little lunch table at the local café and feeds the table plant from his drink. Everyone smiles at the mention of his name. Some people just live 'bigger' than others. You captured the simple spirit of them all. Cheers. Tony (Report)Reply

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  • (5/10/2008 9:00:00 PM)

    It's an twisted irony, I think, that some of the most perceptive, aware, sensitive and thoughtful souls among us are often ignored by, dismissed by and/or unfortunately lost to the collective. A myriad of poets and painters fell into this category during their lifetimes only to be hailed as brilliant post mortem when someone finally paid enough attention to appreciate their true worth. There are, undoubtedly, countless souls like Rob living among us today that merit more attention and appreciation then they routinely receive. And, begging your forgiveness if I should sound contradictory here - I'd gently suggest that they are, actually, the LIKELY contemplatives.

    This is a wonderful tribute to Rob and others like him. Wonderfully and warming presented, it is a perfect reminder that we should be much slower to judge and quicker to appreciate the true character and worth of those we encounter.

    Christine
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  • (3/7/2008 6:36:00 PM)

    This is lovely, Allie, a fresh, driect portrait of a person who is at ease with himself and the world (Report)Reply

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  • (2/1/2008 11:26:00 AM)

    A refreshing poem that tells us to take another look at people, lets us know there are other views and interpretations. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/1/2008 9:45:00 AM)

    This one's just got 'Allie' stamped all over it - compassionate, sweet, thoughtful and always seeing the good where others don't even think to look for it. And, of course, well written.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx (sorry it's been so long) .
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  • (2/1/2008 8:28:00 AM)

    Allie, you have such a perceptive eye when it comes to 'reading' people. You are the ultimate people watcher and you bring them to life with such tenderness and care. One cannot help but fall in love with your characters and see them through your eyes. Like how you use the phrase 'they say' repetitively, it works well. HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (1/31/2008 1:36:00 AM)

    Good man, that Rob. Good poetess that Alison. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/30/2008 7:15:00 AM)

    A lovely contemplative that I like to love, to love to like
    (This right write)
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  • (1/23/2008 1:07:00 PM)

    This is poetry told as an inspiration story about the need for people to open their hearts even more so than their eyes

    [ BRILLIANT! ]

    Love duncan X
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  • (1/23/2008 3:28:00 AM)

    A very good poem this one Alison you are right you know everybody do make their contribution to society despite as you put it so aptly they say, excellent as usual (Report)Reply

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  • (1/22/2008 11:11:00 PM)

    I just see that everything that he does, he is doing it because he has to. When we look deep inside his heart, he long to tell us just how much he want us to understand, yet he tell us that if we could just give our heart just to listen for a while we will understand, he want to show it because he is what he is. A very heartfelt penning, God bless you always Mam Allie!


    Mahal kita,
    Rommel
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  • (1/22/2008 5:44:00 PM)

    This gentle, thoughtful soul seems very poem worthy. Superb write, Alison.

    Love,

    Sandra
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  • (1/20/2008 2:35:00 PM)

    I love the simple construction of this piece Allie yet the sentiment runs deep. If we all took a moment to stand and stare...instead of rush and judge without a care... a superb portrait told in your own inimitable style. justine. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/20/2008 6:00:00 AM)

    A strong message you have brought here, Ali..It is the inside job that is most important.
    I love the way you presented this, ..gentle flow of words..so touching..
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  • (1/20/2008 4:01:00 AM)

    I love this style. t x (Report)Reply

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  • (1/20/2008 3:16:00 AM)

    Alison I love this from the captivating title on through the last line. You do a wonderful job of relating the story of Rob and gently remind us that we err in judging by appearance alone. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • Linda Ori (1/20/2008 2:47:00 AM)

    'Still waters run deep'. We're not all alike, and we'd probably be amazed at the thoughts going on inside that wooly head. Some of us are so busy being busy that we never take time to just think. Nice reflective piece of writing, Allie.
    Hugs,
    Linda :) xx
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  • Ernestine Northover (1/20/2008 2:42:00 AM)

    Wish there were more like him Allie, he sounds a lovely soul. A delight to read this one nice flow and a pleasure to find.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX
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  • (1/20/2008 2:18:00 AM)

    Allie, I like Rob, someone who has found contentment in everything that surrounds him. Something we'd all like to have and only a very few achieve. Another gem for your collection. Top marks and thank you for sharing him with us.
    David
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  • (1/20/2008 2:07:00 AM)

    In a perfect world I would do pretty much the same as Rob. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 20, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 31, 2008


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