Donna Sue Poetry

I COULD BE YOU

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I drove right through the changing light,

Horns blowing as I went.

I had to make just one more store,

Before the day was spent.

I swerved in time to miss a man

Who held a cardboard sign.

A homeless man, who’d work for food;

Thank God, I’d braked in time.

I parked my ride and looked around,

Then groaned at what I saw.

A sea of cars parked everywhere.

The world was at the mall!

Oh Lord,” I thought, “it comes again.”

The season of excess.

When want and greed are king and queen,

And reign in selfishness.

Then smiling wide I grabbed my purse.

This was my time to shop,

And for the homeless on the streets

I had no time for thought!

But just outside the store front door,

A homeless woman sat.

She was dirty and disgusting

With a child upon her lap

She looked at me with pain filled eyes,

She seemed to read my mind.

“I could be you”, she mouthed the words,

“Some place, some other time”.

I turned my head, I walked right past.

My conscience now was sore.

With every purchase that I made

I’d see her at the door.

Then passing by a manger scene

I had to stare awhile

For the Virgin and her baby

Were the woman and her child!

Remembering that pain filled look,

And how she’d read my mind;

“I could be you,” she mouthed the words

“Some place, some other time.”

 With no more thought I turned around,

My Christmas I would share!

But the woman and her baby,

They were no longer there.

Just a note upon the sidewalk,

A scribbled cardboard sign;

“I could be you”, she wrote to me.

“Some place, some other time.”

© Donna Sue Berry

Christmas 2010


6 Responses to I COULD BE YOU

Sheryl says: December 20, 2012 at 6:15 am

I love your poetry, you really need to have them published. Wishing you and Joel a very Merry Christmas; God Bless and remember “Jesus is THE reason for the season”!

Your cuz

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Donna Sue says: December 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thank you, Sheryl!! I’m so glad you like them Cuz! I can’t sew or “create” gorgeous things, but I love writing these “word quilts” and happy when they touch someone. Big hug, D

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Kristi Thompson says: August 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Donna, I can’t believe you write this beautiful poetry. You are so talented!!! I do hope you have them published!I was reading the memorial poem you wrote 7/13 which was beautiful and then started to look at everything else. I am shocked!!!…your bunco buddy….Kristi Thompson

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Donna Sue says: September 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

Hi Kristi! I don’t see where I ever responded to you on this poem. So very sorry! Wow, thank you for your sweet words! I love writing and it really makes me feel great when something touches another person’s heart! Working on getting published! Bunco soon! D

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