Behind the Reflection: a poem about human connection

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A Poem

I saw pupils peering,

Watching from a window,

Exhausted eyes staring at the street flow.

Their somber look caught my trespassing glance,

Exchanging thoughts with a visual dance.

I could see through his pain that wanted no pity.

He saw another man lost in this city.

The worn lines on his face were soft and stern,

As if to say, "Young one, you've got alot to learn."

I didn't give him a grimace, but grinned.

He didn't expect me to smile like a friend.

I saw a twinkle, a human connection.

A face smiled behind a windows reflection.

© 2011 Brian Loewer

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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Such a wonderful display of words lined up beautifully; it reminded me of earlier today. I am not proud of this event but while out shopping there was an incredibly old man, well dressed sitting on a chair holding a sign that begged for money. I made the mistake of reading his sign and I felt the need to give him some money but then my sister pulled me away and I walked away because we were short of cash.

In Pakistan, every street has beggars of all ages, each looking more needy than the last.

I seemed to have digressed sorry, guess I feel guilty; lovely poem though.

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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks again Verita.. So glad you liked it!

Christine- It's good to know the favorites, so it's much appreciated. So true, all it takes is slapping a smile on your face every now and then :) Easier for some I guess. Take care --Brian

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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia

My favorite of yours so far. Many of us have become disconnected from humanity, a smile is worth a thousand words. :)

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V Qisya 5 years ago

Tis' a beautiful piece :D Loved it! Up and away

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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Isn't that the truth... It's amazing how much we communicate without even saying a word. Thanks Ebower!

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

Smiles and laughter are both universal languages. I voted this up and beautiful!

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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Very true Phil Plasma... Thanks for reading and commenting, always appreciated.

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Yes, human connections can sometimes be fleeting and powerful at the same time.

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Courtney L J 5 years ago

love this.

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JinnyMarte 5 years ago

And that is one of the symptoms of a world in decay. Isolation and shallow behavior. I agree.

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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

So true, there's a lot we can all learn from eachother if we just stop for a moment and open our ears. So many people crave genuine human connection... but are too distracted or afraid to get past a shallow hello.

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JinnyMarte 5 years ago

And it is such a great experience to sit down with them sometimes and just listen to their awesome tales and stories of olden times. I used to love sitting on a rocking chair with my grandmother or my grandfather and just listen in awe to all the great tales they would share. Beautiful poetry, excellent rime and great use of the descriptive imagery. I was able to see it all in my head. Thumbs up!!

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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@CJ Andrews, no relationship there, it was just a passing smile.

@Poohgranma, Exactly. Sometimes all it takes is a smile to brighten someones day. We're all in our own world at times, blind to those around us.

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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Wonderful! And you know sometimes that is all it would take to make the day for each of them. Why are we so stingy with our smiles and hello's?

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CJ Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

Interesting poem, is there a follow up on the relationship?

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