The Soup Can in My Glove Box

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A childhood experience that has made me a better person--

"The only way to find yourself, is to lose youself in the service of others." --Gandhi

A family rolling down the road

On nice, expensive "wheels",

Passed a poor, old, tattered, broken man

Who was begging for a meal.

--

All eyes managaed to avoid

The ever desperate stare,

Except the small blue eyes in back

Who saw his feet were bare.

--

Her forehead wrinkled as confusion

Appeared upon her face,

She could see he was losing hope,

And her heart began to race.

--

"Daddy, why don't we stop

And give that guy a hand?

I'm sure he really needs it,

That poor, old, tattered man."

--

"Oh, no, my child. Don't be mistaken,

It's his fault he's reached that state,

For that man made his choices

And he alone chose his fate."

--

"But Jesus teaches us

To help a man in need,

It will make us better people,

And the hungry it will feed."

--

"Oh baby, you can't just go up

To people on the street,

And besides, he's long gone now,

So just sit quiet in your seat."

--

And as she looked back out the window

She whispered a silent prayer,

"Oh please, God, please, help that man

and save him from his despair."

--

The picture of that man was forever

Instilled into her thoughts,

And the way they left him on the road

Would not soon be forgot.

--

Today, that girl is all grown up

And drives herself around,

With canned soup in her glove box,

But He is nowhere to be found.

--

And when someone on the side of the road

Is deseperately in need,

She always stops to share her soup

and try, one mouth, to feed.

--

If everyone in this world

Would do one simple thing

To help someone who needs it,

Countless miracles we would bring.


Submitted: March 27, 2008

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poewhit

Charity is one of the keystones of following GOD

Thu, March 27th, 2008 10:08pm

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So true! Thanks for the comment!
--natalieashley

Thu, March 27th, 2008 6:37pm

AngelaSteele

Yay... this reminded me of my own poem 'Homeless'. Great job! I like how you sent a message through the eyes of a young girl. :)

Fri, March 28th, 2008 2:17am

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Thanks! I read your poem "Homeless" and that's kind of what inspired me to write this one. I like to put my personal experiences into my poems because I think it shows a great connection with the author and the readers can sense that. Thanks again!!!
--natalieashley

Thu, March 27th, 2008 7:35pm

mystory

Oh, I really like this one. It's so sweet, and so right. I wish more people in this world would care about others, and just stop for a moment to try to immagine what that person must be going through. Wonderful poem.

Fri, March 28th, 2008 5:31am

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Thank you! I'm glad my poem meant something to you!
--natalieashley

Thu, March 27th, 2008 11:01pm

gerabel

At the core of your poem is the simple lesson that we must always look for the silver lining in any situation. While your father's rejection of the "tattered man" beside the road may be upsetting at first hearing, it actually was able to strengthen your faith through the years... a lesson you have never forgotten to thbis day! Lovely poem... a lovely lesson learned.....Jerry

Fri, March 28th, 2008 2:11pm

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Thank you! I'm glad you saw that silver lining in my poem!
--natalieashley

Fri, March 28th, 2008 7:03pm

kellybelle

wow.

Wed, April 2nd, 2008 5:26pm

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haha thanks.
--natalieashley

Thu, April 3rd, 2008 7:28pm

Nixie

This is so try, inspiring read! ~ Nixie

Sat, April 5th, 2008 12:56pm

Author
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Thank you!
--natalieashley

Sat, April 5th, 2008 8:32am

Nixie

Aaah - I meant nice (who knows why I said try?!) ~ Nixie

Sat, April 5th, 2008 3:49pm

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Oh, haha thanks!
--natalieashley

Fri, April 11th, 2008 7:14pm

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