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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: A Shadow of a Man
By Francy Judge
09/16/10


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What do you see?
A man without a name,
Hunched over in a cloak,
A shadow in the park,
Camouflaged against an oak.

What you donít see:
Deep within the poor manís soul
Pain flows through every vein
As he remembers other days
And love he canít regain.

What do you hear?
A man who mumbles nonsense,
His churning thoughts sound unclear,
But inside his mind he talks to her,
His stumbling words are sincere.

What you donít hear:
Itís one night ten years agoÖ
He dances with his wife
To celebrate their vows,
Their love promised for life.

What do you know?
A man alone with no home
Looks dirty, unshaven,
Sad, hungry, and tired,
But this park is his haven.

What you donít know:
Since the man lost his wife
He thought he died too,
But God never left his side;
He told the man: ďI died for you.Ē


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Charla Diehl 09/16/10
The contrasting verses clearly remind the reader that often people are not who they seem to be. But still we judge. . .
Loren T. Lowery09/17/10
A paradigm shift put to poetry - revealing a great truth. Said in this form, it takes on its own uniqueness, causing one to stop and consider once again that things before us are not always what they might seem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/18/10
This poem really reached out and touch me. I live in a rural area where it's easy to forget there are homeless people hurting so intensely. Thanks for the beautiful but sad reminder
Barbara Lynn Culler09/19/10
Opposite of Shann, I see homeless all the time and it is very sad.

God sees them too and cares.

Excellent article!
Christina Banks 09/22/10
There is so much that we don't see, hear and know about others. You captured this idea well in your poem. I'm glad you ended on a note of hope.