Black Poetry : Dialog with the Vagrant (Judy)

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  1. mrron

    mrron Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is a poem I wrote about five years ago. It was inspired by an incident I experienced one day on my home from work. I was taking the exit ramp from the main highway when I encountered a young black lady walking along the road. I felt that she was in danger, so I stopped and picked her up. It turned out that she was a prostitute. She tried to proposition me, I declined, of course, and dropped her off at the store she was heading to. My poem is a fictionalized virgin of what would have happened if I hadn't picked her up, and she followed me home instead. I named her Judy and I am Ronald (her mentor)

    Dialog with the Vagrant (Judy)

    Judy

    Why do you chose to ignore me?
    I'm standing at your door
    I'm here to provide a service for you
    I have expertise in sexual chores

    You passed me on the road back there
    I waved but you progressed
    I guess I'm just a vagrant to you
    I didn't pass your test

    Ronald

    Excuse me young lady for being rude!
    But I don't even know your name
    I don't know why you showed up here
    Maybe destiny has a plan!

    I can see from the solemn look on your face
    That you have lost your way
    I can set you on your course again
    But you will need to spend a day

    Judy

    Sunday will end at midnight for me
    Saturday was yesterday's event
    Friday was just the day before yesterday
    My life is already spent

    I got derailed many years ago
    When I didn't go to school
    I didn't obey my parent's then
    Nor follow the golden rule

    Ronald

    A little hope will get you to tomorrow
    Disdain will rot you whole
    Taste the fruit of positive thinking young lady
    And you'll reap an intact soul

    Judy

    Life, for you has stipulations
    But mine is void of hope
    Veneers of life are rather thin
    And I find it hard to cope

    Ronald

    Sometimes life is over the top
    Every diamond is not a pearl
    Sometimes good deeds are met with punishment
    The challenges of life are seldom sterile

    Take a chance on life and invest your best
    And you will be rewarded
    The goods deeds you perform beginning today
    Will complete the plans you've started

    Judy

    I've taken hold of your demeanor now
    And there's "thunder" in your speech
    I've learned to embrace life with a firm grip now
    And not to let it slip away

    I can see the goal line clearly now
    But I can't get there from here
    I need a map to navigate my way
    And confidence to allay my fears

    Ronald

    Every rose has a thorny stem you see
    Trepidation is one of life's ways
    You're too young to die on the streets alone
    But old enough to pray

    Birds fly south in the wintertime
    To avoid trouble, circumvent
    Life will pay you back double, someday
    With a new day and a new horizon

    Don't look for the roads to be paved with gold
    That's the best kind of insurance
    Fantasy is not the way of life
    The race of life is about endurance

    JUdy

    Thank you for the advice you gave
    You have launched me on my way
    I will see yuou again in another life
    If we don't forget to pray
     
  2. 4EVERLUV

    4EVERLUV Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    mrron:
    Very interesting read.
    What if....
    I hope she remembers.
     
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    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You have a standing ovation for this fine piece of art. It moved and touched my heart, thank you for sharing it.
     
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    watzinaname Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    One never knows in this life when a kind word, a piece of nonjudgemental advice...can go a long way. Cheers for this scribe poet.
     
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    Hey mrron
    Wonderful flow,its your observation of the
    possiblity that indeed open the interest
    like a living classroom...very nice read

    Peace and Love
     
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    mrron Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks to all who read and commented. My poetic mentor, who is a professor of English at Louisville State University, made this poem required reading for her female students
     
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