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The Beggar…

Time is a blur…,
I’m driving home in rural Africa, nursing a very, very broken heart,
A Greek goddess called Diana is responsible,
I stop at a petrol station,
Suddenly, I became aware of a presence next to me,
I look up, a young African man, with both his hands out, in the traditional African manner, begging,
He’s dishevelled, dirty, poorly dressed,
He’s mumbling to himself incoherently,
Schizophrenic, borderline?
The sight of his plaintive condition, touches me,
Through my numbness, I feel the pain of his existence,
Yet, the sight is so common in this part of the world, I’m about to turn him away when I chance to look into his eyes,
What I see stuns me,
A childlike simplicity and yet, a powerful, burning intensity and on his face, a radiant smile,
The pain of it is too enormous for me to bear,
Through the fog, I wonder if I will ever, in this lifetime, have eyes as soft and beautiful as his,
or if my smile will ever speak with such resignation and humility as his,
A smile that has suffered a million set-backs and humiliations,
I look him in the eyes and say, "Hello, how are you?”
He looks right back at me and says, in a cosmic voice, that I know was not spoken by the young man, "I’m O.K."
In the resonance of that one phrase, was a spiritual message for me, that seemed as if it had forcefully been driven through the locus of all eternity, just for me,
A message that stated:-
“Though things look terribly unfair and painful at times, in the eternity of our evolution everything is fine, even though it is impossible for us mortals to comprehend why that is so.”
Right there and then, I realized I was talking with an angel who had come in the young man’s body to comfort me,
and, right there and then, I loved that young man,
I gave him all the money I had in my pocket at the time,
I was distraught, I felt a great sense of loss, that I could not do more,
I know my few hundred bucks probably did very little for that young man, but it helped me enormously,
It helped me to grieve for the loss of Diana, and for the innocence I lost several decades ago.
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Posted: Nov 2012

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Nuwahri61
Hi EGT i was going to say you had been blessed before i read the whole story an realised you knew you had been ...............this is a wonderful write.....it doesn't take much to see who has an who hasn't ......in all facets of life ......thanks for sharing .........regards n61handshake
Fellsman
Hi Earl

Your story telling is so powerful and compelling that I wonder - could you possibly be a direct descendant of Homer himself? The Prince of all story tellers...

That conjecture aside, this is yet another of your superb writes - you are blessed to have the gift of drawing the reader in and leave us questioning our own humanity - would we or could we act with such depth of charity, not simply the act of giving, but the spirit of the giving and understanding of the human condition?

Regarding Diana - some you win and some you lose, I rather fancy that in the grand scheme of things the loss was rather more hers than yours.

A beautiful story Earl, told in your inimitable style.

Kudos

Bill wine wine
Macduff5
Hi EGT,

I think you have a good few friends on here. I hope I'm ranked as one of them. You have such amazing stories...keep writing my friend. wine thumbs up
Poetnumber1
Amazing story my friend really enjoyed this onewine
mcradloff
My first beggar I encountered was in Madison, Wisconsin and the guy wanted ten cents to call his friend and tell him he was celebrating his birthday, I didn't give me a dime. I have mixed feeling on the homeless, part really need the help, part are just exploiting people. Giving the sum you gave is impressive and if it did you and him good then it was worth it to you.angel chicken
niah9
Thank you for sharing EGT...very moving....and we never know when these special moments will occur....just we must have time for them.....Kathyteddybear
hedistuffonline today!
Kahlil...rewind. Greetings
windyweatherly
This is very deep Sir, EGT. This piece comes the closest to my heart. If you can go and read my poem (I want to Stand With You), if you don't mind and perhaps you will know why. Not that I am imposing on you, it's just that the significance of this piece is magnified in million times.

I have witnessed and lived with this condition and thus, my heart creeps to such a devastating affliction. Poverty is so understated and worse, the world seems so lacking of apathy in general. Where is Mother Teresa and the rest? Although I am fully aware of the extent of humanitarian people are doing i.e. Angelina Jolie, and some prominent people, it doesn't seem enough. God knows how much I want to be involved in this venture that if my plan of retiring 5 years ago (thanks to economic meltdown, it is swayed) I would have donated the rest of my energy and effort on the projects of WHO and RED CROSS.

Anyways, thanks EGT for such a compassion you performed although you felt it helped you more than anything else. Such is the miracle of deep hearted givingness...God Bless..
orientalkoru
Like said above EGT...beautiful story...both the style, the context and the content! I do believe the people we meet in our lives we meet at the right time because they have a role to play in our lives and us in theirs. But you have to have a good heart to see whats beyond those eyes EGT. Thank you for sharing...
Earlgreytea
windyweatherly San Francisco, California USA
54 minutes ago
This is very deep Sir, EGT. This piece comes the closest to my heart. If you can go and read my poem (I want to Stand With You), if you don't mind and perhaps you will know why. Not that I am imposing on you, it's just that the significance of this piece is magnified in million times.

I have witnessed and lived with this condition and thus, my heart creeps to such a devastating affliction. Poverty is so understated and worse, the world seems so lacking of apathy in general. Where is Mother Teresa and the rest? Although I am fully aware of the extent of humanitarian people are doing i.e. Angelina Jolie, and some prominent people, it doesn't seem enough. God knows how much I want to be involved in this venture that if my plan of retiring 5 years ago (thanks to economic meltdown, it is swayed) I would have donated the rest of my energy and effort on the projects of WHO and RED CROSS.

Anyways, thanks EGT for such a compassion you performed although you felt it helped you more than anything else. Such is the miracle of deep hearted givingness...God Bless..

wow! your graceful comments astound me, thanks, i could not find your poem called:- I want to Stand With You? where is it?
light and love...
Earlgreytea
Nuwahri61 mackay, Queensland Australia
22 hours ago
Hi EGT i was going to say you had been blessed before i read the whole story an realised you knew you had been ...............this is a wonderful write.....it doesn't take much to see who has an who hasn't ......in all facets of life ......thanks for sharing .........regards n61

Thanks dear fellow poet, your heartfelt comments are like a balm to the heart,
love and light...
Earlgreytea
Fellsman Lake District, Cumbria, England UK
21 hours ago
Hi Earl

Your story telling is so powerful and compelling that I wonder - could you possibly be a direct descendant of Homer himself? The Prince of all story tellers...

That conjecture aside, this is yet another of your superb writes - you are blessed to have the gift of drawing the reader in and leave us questioning our own humanity - would we or could we act with such depth of charity, not simply the act of giving, but the spirit of the giving and understanding of the human condition?

Regarding Diana - some you win and some you lose, I rather fancy that in the grand scheme of things the loss was rather more hers than yours.

A beautiful story Earl, told in your inimitable style.

Kudos

Bill

Wow, dear Bill, your gracious and wise comments are like a healing and very encouraging necklace around your soul, we sooo appreciate your presence on this corner! wine
morgen90210
Dear sir ,you have given a invaluable poem to behold in the highest regard .intense and heart rendering .. Thank YOU EGTEA peace
Ladybee42
A lovely write Earlgrey, I think people's eyes can say so much more than words sometimes though it does take someone to stop and look deeply as you did in your narrative.

thumbs up purple heart purple heart
gnj4u
Hi, Earlgreytea,
Through my numbness, I feel the pain of his existence... It is good when one can take a personal loss and transform it, through the soft and beautiful eyes of this stranger, into a growth experience. Nicely told and nicely done.
windyweatherly
Correction my dear EGT, I meant the take the easy course of indifference or APATHY (unconcerned) towards such a malignant epidemic.

I brought out my poem I WANT TO STAND WITH YOU.

Thanks for being you. This world shines In kindness and much needed compassion.
trurorobonline today!
Wonderful Earl, good on ya!!
Rob
Earlgreytea
Macduff5 Newcastle, New South Wales Australia
Thu Nov 8, 2012 2:28 PM
Hi EGT,

I think you have a good few friends on here. I hope I'm ranked as one of them. You have such amazing stories...keep writing my friend.

Thanks Macduff, you honor me greatly, I am going thru a strange new phase right now where I'm trying to befriend everything that shows up, even toothache, I love the practice, its taking me into delicious and meaningful altered states, in the light of that would I not be delighted to have you as my friend? you honor me... wine
Ondos
You have the eyes to see beyond the surface, and that it rare.
I'm delightfully enlightened reading your stories.
Thanks for sharing.
Ahyra
Love your stories earl. Thank you for sharing this, I really have enjoyed the reading. Cheers
Earlgreytea
Poetnumber1 St James Trinidad and Tobago
Thu Nov 8, 2012 2:54 PM
Amazing story my friend really enjoyed this one

mcradloff Platteville, Wisconsin USA
Thu Nov 8, 2012 8:40 PM
My first beggar I encountered was in Madison, Wisconsin and the guy wanted ten cents to call his friend and tell him he was celebrating his birthday, I didn't give me a dime. I have mixed feeling on the homeless, part really need the help, part are just exploiting people. Giving the sum you gave is impressive and if it did you and him good then it was worth it to you.


thanks guys for your gracious comments!
much love... wine
Earlgreytea
niah9 Bay of Islands, Northland New Zealand
Fri Nov 9, 2012 2:04 AM
Thank you for sharing EGT...very moving....and we never know when these special moments will occur....just we must have time for them.....Kathy

hedistuff sand fork, West Virginia USA
Fri Nov 9, 2012 2:14 AM
Kahlil...rewind. Greetings

many thanks for your comments dear Niah and dear Hedi... wine
Earlgreytea
orientalkoru AKL, Auckland New Zealand
Fri Nov 9, 2012 11:00 AM
Like said above EGT...beautiful story...both the style, the context and the content! I do believe the people we meet in our lives we meet at the right time because they have a role to play in our lives and us in theirs. But you have to have a good heart to see whats beyond those eyes EGT. Thank you for sharing...

your comments are sooo sweet OK, thank you... teddybear
Odette67
Dear EGT,

I pray I would meet someone like you if I was ever down on my luck..There for the grace of God go many of us. Your compassion comes through in all you write. Thank you. hug purple heart
madtat29
Excellent Earl...soul stirring....drinking
Earlgreytea
morgen90210 singapore Singapore
Fri Nov 9, 2012 6:09 PM
Dear sir ,you have given a invaluable poem to behold in the highest regard .intense and heart rendering .. Thank YOU EGTEA

Ladybee42 Waterford, Waterford Ireland
Fri Nov 9, 2012 7:01 PM
A lovely write Earlgrey, I think people's eyes can say so much more than words sometimes though it does take someone to stop and look deeply as you did in your narrative.

Thanks so much Morgen and LadyB for your encouragement, it means a lot to me...
Earlgreytea
phew, too many wonderful poets and encouraging comments to thank individually, thank you all!!!
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