Mr Humble (a no frills poem: dedicated to Arnold Abbott and people like him)

No Bells and Whistles

Usually when I write a hub whether it be an essay, short story or even a poem, I spend hours looking for suitable photo images, quotes, videos, facts and trivia to add to the appeal of the hub and to appease the Hub Page and Google Gods. Not this time. This is just a simple, bare bones type of hub, no bells and whistles, just a few photos I already had on file, one video, and the poem itself. I hope it can stand on the message alone. I know it will bring down my overall hubber score but that's not the end of the world. there are a lot more important things to be concerned about in this world, and they are happening everyday, and all around us.

I urge you to sit down, read this poem, then take a little time and consider how trivial stressing over small things like hub and hubber score, traffic and views etc really is in the general scheme of life. After all, how much control do you really have over these. Hopefully you'll go away with a slightly different perspective. Here's to people like Arnold Abbott.

Arnold Abbott feeding the poor and homeless
Arnold Abbott feeding the poor and homeless | Source

News headline: Daily Mail May 18th 2015

"A 90-year-old man who was arrested for feeding the homeless in his Florida city was back at it on Wednesday, despite being apprehended by police on Tuesday.

Arnold Abbott has helped to prepare hundreds of meals a week for countless hungry homeless persons in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1990, but a new ordinance now makes this illegal in the city.

As a result, Abbott and and two ministers from the Sanctuary Church were arrested while dishing out hot food on Tuesday night."

(Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

Please watch this video.

Mr Humble

by John Hansen © 2015

Mr Humble can't you see

How your life's affected me?

In my heart and in my soul

I store the lessons you have told.


Mr Humble you must know

All the good things that you grow.

Feeding homeless in the street,

Shoeing those who have bare feet.


Mr Humble has no greed,

Only cares for mouths to feed,

Gives his time and energy

To the poor and those in need.


Mr Humble seeks no praise,

He isn't noticed at first gaze.

Silently he does his work,

Behind the scenes he seems to lurk.


Mr Humble moves around

To war-torn countries, lands and towns,

Earthquake, famine, fire and flood,

Giving aid is in his blood.


Mr Humble goes his way

Doing good deeds every day.

Never does he moan or sigh,

Helping others is his high.


Mr Humble says his prayers,

He knows the Holy Father cares.

All the gratitude he needs

Is knowing that he does God's deeds.


Mr Humble thank you so,

For teaching me the way to go.

To care for others more than me,

A worthy reason just to be.

© 2015 John Hansen

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word55 19 months ago from Chicago

Hey Jodah, what a captivating poem! It's one of the best. This is great poetry and the kind I appreciate. May God continue to bless your writings! Voted up! If poetry could qualify for Hub of the Day, this one should make it...


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Word. Alas poetry will never make hub of the day unless it is disguised within a lot of other writing, but I thank you for your kind words anyway. Have a great week.


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Perspycacious 19 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Outstanding, my friend. A fine summary of what can be right in this world. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these.... ." Do we practice what He preached? Or do we walk away on the other side of the road? Do we share? Or do we cause the ills for others to be left to cure? We are free to choose....now.

Could this city's ordinance reflect the will of the people? Sodom then.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Perspycacious. We are certainly free to choose, unfortunately many of us make the wrong decisions which is evident in the city ordinances of Fort Lauderdale and many other cities/towns. Is it the will of the majority of the people or just an influential select few?


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Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

humble.. humble indeed and the last frame.. loving it... yeah a Jodaism...:)


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Frank..thanks for reading..a "Jodaism" that sounds good, maybe it will catch on.


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ChitrangadaSharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful poem and I liked your introduction!

Sometimes it is just right to be 'Simple.' Very nice message. Just be a nice human being, be good to others and 'He' will take care of you.

Thanks and voted up!


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind words Chitrangada, glad you liked the introduction and the message. Thanks for the vote up too.


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida

I love this, John. I couldn't believe it when I read the story of that little old man in Ft. Lauderdale. As the man in the video reminds us, he's doing what Jesus would do. He's doing good, he's not a criminal! I don't understand that new law in Lauderdale at all.

Your poem is awesome, John!


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billybuc 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

I can happily announce that I have never paid attention to hubber scores. Life is much too precious for me to waste my time....exactly as you said....live a life of quality, roll the dice, and enjoy the hell out of life.


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whonunuwho 19 months ago from United States

They seem to have the attitude that if you ignore the hungry they will go away. This is how diseases are spread due to uncaring cities that refuse to help the needy. Perhaps they wish that we all perish without a whimper. Only greedy and uncaring individuals would be so heartless. Nice poem of revalation and great message. whonu


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Shauna, thanks for your support and encouragement. Like you I found it difficult to believe that law about not feeding the homeless could exist, and apparently it is in place in other states as well. So wrong. Glad you liked the poem.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You said it Bill. From time to time I visit the forums..and come away thinking why did I go there. people are always complaining about scores, earnings, and traffic. Maybe some of them are earning a lot more than me, but at around $5.00 per month it's not something I'm too concerned about. Roll that dice and take your chances, I agree.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are right whonu, we need a complete change of attitude and way of approaching the subject of the homeless. They need to try to address the cause rather than try to just ignore the problem because it's too hard afterwards. Glad you liked the message here.


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The Examiner-1 19 months ago

Unbelievable John. Suppose they tell the people that once the facility is filled inside, nobody else is allowed to stand outside. They will have to return in (so many) minutes to see whether there is room to come back in again. I voted this up, shared, pinned and Tweeted it. It must be spread around.

Kevin


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your generous comment Kevin and for spreading the message around. Your solutions sounds fair enough and could work. Glad you enjoyed this.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

Even if we were to worry about hubber scores, which we don't, this one would score five stars so not to worry ;) A beautiful poem that reminds us we are our brother's keepers and it is up to us to help them. You always make your mark John.

Russel Brand's video, while filled with his irrepressible humor, is sad and scary! I remember seeing that on the news and could not believe they actually arrested that man! They should have given him a medal and a stipend!!!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


Lee Cloak 19 months ago

A very thaught provoking piece, a fantastic poem, very well done my friend, really beautiful, thanks for sharing your wonderful words, best wishes, voted up, Lee


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cam8510 19 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Jodah, your poem flows effortlessly, which is very fitting. The message is simple, clear and often forgotten. Well done keeping the focus on what is truly important.


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Shadrack2 19 months ago

Well said.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Cam, your comment is much appreciated.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shadrack2, your comment is appreciated.


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Harishprasad 19 months ago from India

Mr Arnold Abbott is a great man. If such kind of humility pervades even in one- fourth of humanity, it would greatly ease the suffering all around. John, you picked up a right man and coined a beautiful poem in honor of his tribe. I bow to such compassionate souls. Great hub. Voted up.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 19 months ago

I really enjoyed very much the words you used to describe in detail how it is to be humble, and all that it means to walk daily this way.

We can learn from the most humble and it is because of examples from these wonderful souls. We too, become better in walking humbly.

Up_ Beautiful, Awesome, Useful and Interesting~ Shared too. :-))

Blessings always my humble friend! (((((((((( Jodah))))))))))))


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Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful poetry!


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jhamann 19 months ago from Reno NV

You have written a fitting tribute to a humble yet magnificent man. Well done. Jamie


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manatita44 19 months ago from london

I could not afford to miss the message, Judah. Afterall, I am called the Lantern Carrier.

Inspirational poem, reflecting for me, a sadness in life and destroyer of Hope by so many with selfish ambitions.

I have posted a few rhyming poems recently. Not everyone has the capacity to do them so well, and some who do, still do not tell such a beautiful story. Hats off to you Bro. A real craft in this one.

Challenging video and a thought-provoking one. For me there is a greater need for sending out loving kindness through the Ether, as well as selfless works. God bless you for this one. In Love and Light.


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Romeos Quill 19 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

An important Hub article Jodah accompanied by a very fitting and compassionate poem.

Have just checked out Fort Lauderdale and it seems to be a tourist trap and a haven for the affluent which means MONEY to the authorities there. Pricking the conscience and reminding them that you can't bench-press a coffin lid and wealth is fleeting might be a start. It seems that an enthusiastic, intelligent solution, tempered with compassion is needed to resolve this perennial problem - it just doesn't seem to want to disappear by itself.

Recall reading another Hub a while ago now by BuffaloGal1960 ( T. Clifton ) addressing this same issue ( I couldn't find it on her profile so have shared it on HP through accessing Pinterest), which you might want to read.

Hat's off to Arnold Abbot, another soldier of light who is actually doing something about it using what he has. The attitude against him is just short-sighted and unbelievably exasperating.

Happy to share and pin.

Best Regards;

R.Q.


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MsDora 19 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for setting the example of Mr. Humble before us in such simple, but effective lines. You show us what is important.


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

A beautiful poem, Jodah with a vital reminder.....but what a sad law enforced by irrational people. UP+++ tweeted.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Harish, Arnold Abbott is the type of man who deserves to be called "great". He gives all he can to helping others in need. The world would be a much better place if there were more Arnold Abbotts.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Jo, from the wonderful and thoughtful responses to this hub it is obvious that there are many caring and humble people in the world. It is our leaders, politicians, millionaires and big business men and women who often need a lesson in "humble". Blessings back to you.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Larry, your kind comment is much appreciated.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jamie, there should be more like him, willing to rebel against authority if they know what they are doing i the right and ethical thing.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for such an encouraging and kind comment Manatita. Your praise of the poem means a lot to me. I agree with all you say about "sending out loving kindness through the Ether, as well as selfless works." God bless you too.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

R.Q. thank you for reading, sharing and pinning this important message. The whole mind set of local authorities, Governments and many of the rich and influential of the world needs to be totally turned around. They are all about keeping up appearances to attract wealth and prosperity to their region, city or business but don't distribute it where it is most needed.. the poor and homeless. it seems they often have the mentality of "out of sight, out of mind", if they hide the problem they don't have to deal with it, whereas people like Arnold Abbott are making it obvious by feeding the poor and homeless openly on the street for all to see. It is exasperating. I hall try to find the article by BuffaloGal1960 that you refer to. Thanks.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi MsDora, thank you for reading this and for you support of my message and poetry.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Paul, thanks for reading this hub and for your kind comment. I am glad you liked the poem, and yes what an irrational law this is. I appreciate the vote up and tweet.


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melissae1963 19 months ago from Tennessee, United States

Thank you for a refreshing message. We tend to let the little things get in the way of what is important.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

That should be "PAULA" not "paul"...damn keyboard.. :)


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for stopping by Melissae1963. Yes sometimes we let the little things get in the way of the bigger problem, other times we let the big things get in the way of what could be easily solved. Just imagine if countries spent even a quarter of their military budget on feeding and housing the homeless and finding them jobs rather than on going to war, what a wonderful world it would be.


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Michael-Milec 19 months ago

Yes Jodah, when you write from the hearth it comes directly from the Fathers eternal fountain of blessings to you through you to"us" and multiplies...

We live only one life on this earth very carefully discerning spiritual eternity "Your heart will be where your treasure is."

Voting across but funny.

Blessing always brother.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Michael, your comment is actually "humbling". I'm glad I could convey the message so clearly. Thanks for the vote up and blessings to you also.


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Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

Oh, John, I've missed some hubs over the weekend and so I clicked on that one email that has all recently published hubs., and I noticed there you had published a hub! What a beautiful message here in this lovely hub and especially your poem! I am not on my computer right now, so I will return in the morning to vote up and share everwhere! God bless you


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

God bless you too theresa. thanks for that kind comment. Look forward to hearing from you later. Have a great night.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

Stories like the one about this fine man gives us Floridians a bad reputation! I help in our local soup kitchen; sure hope I don't get arrested!

I loved your poem, and I'm voting it UP, etc. and sharing. This is my first Hub read this morning; thanks for starting my day with this poem.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I'm glad this started your morning off well Mary. The problem is with the administration and local authorities, not the everyday Florida people. Keep up the good work in the soup kitchen and I too hope you don't get arrested. Glad you liked the poem.


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

No problem at all, Jodah. In fact, my parents and sister called me , "Paul."

Sort of touched my heart's memory......:)


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PegCole17 19 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This man's work with the homeless is amazing. So is your tribute in prose. How right you are about focusing on the things that really matter. This man has the right idea.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Arnold Abbott certainly is worthy of praise Peg. More people need to follow his example and do what is right as opposed to what is popular. Thanks for your kind comment.


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mckbirdbks 19 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Jodah. I did all the voting, etc on this fine message. You are right, straight forward no frill, just important.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Mike...much appreciated.


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LadyFiddler 19 months ago from Somewhere in the West

So very true Jodah sometimes we worry over too little things, things that matters very little like Hubpages scores.

I will try to look at this new perspective and put it into practice I too I'm found wanting!!

Have bless Day!


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Eric Flynn 19 months ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Voted Up and Useful. As we practice, is as we preach.

EWF


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the vote up Eric. That statement is oh so true.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi LadyFiddler, we are all found wanting from time to time when we let our guard down and stress over little unimportant things. When that happens we just need a reality check and realise there are more important things in life.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida

There is something terribly wrong with our society when a lovely person like Mr. Abbott can get arrested for feeding the homeless. Thanks for reminding us, Jodah, of the power of humility.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes there certainly is a problem drbj, and it doesn't lie with dear Mr Abbott. Thanks for reading.


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Vellur 18 months ago from Dubai

Beautiful poem with valuable words to be remembered and pondered about, great write. Voted up!


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vellur, so gad you think there is a valuable message in this.


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Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago

I love this John, and I love frank's name for this, "Jodaism" I hope it does catch on, and will if I have a say about it.

Love your message also, the hubber score is a complete joke, but who cares, I enjoy writing hubs and reading other hubbers work, especially like this one.

Voting Up, UAI and sharing

Blessings and Hugs John

Shyron

Voted up, UABI and shared.


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AudreyHowitt 18 months ago from California

My first read of the day John--an appropriate message for today I think--thank you!!


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shyron, thank you for your support of the term "Jodaism" as well as this poem and its message. I also appreciate the kind vote up and share. Hugs and blessings back.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Audrey, thank you for choosing this hub as your first read of the day. I am glad you found the message appropriate too. Take care.


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lawrence01 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Being arrested for feeding the homeless!!

They should be giving him medals!

Awesome hub John, one that reminds us of the really important stuff

Lawrence


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Lawrence. It just shows how crazy and mixed up the world is today when there are laws against feeding the homeless and so many real offences go unpunished. Thanks for reading and for the great comment.


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lawrence01 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

I totally agree with you! By the way, its likely to increase the hubber score!


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Ben Zoltak 18 months ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Hear this hear this! Great poem, and sentiment, seems a certain group of people are after Mr. Humble these days, but he survives to do another good deed another day!

Ben


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ben, Mr Humble doesn't cower down to the authorities fortunately. He knows what he does is the right thing and will keep doing what his concience guides him to do. Thank you for reading.


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Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

What a wonderful world this will be if we had more Mr. Humbles out here in the world. And we know that what we do in secret, God awards openly. We don't highlight enough all the humanitarian efforts in this world. These bright and shinning stars are mostly forgotten as we praise and worship our idols. Our Mr. humble's are the real stars of the world. Thank you for this moving piece of work.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are absolutely right Dana...we need more Mr Humbles in the world. Thank you for your kind and insightful comment.


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aviannovice 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, John, there are people out there that truly care. They have a mission in life, to do good things, not for themselves, but for what they really believe in.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Fortunately there are Deb. Arnold Abbott is not alone, but kindness and generous its needs to be encouraged by the authorities, not be seen as a crime. Thanks for reading.


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lawrence01 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

I agree with you there John


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Lawrence.


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Siva222 18 months ago from Chennai

It is wonderful. I loved it.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Siva222, your kind comment is much appreciated.


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Kamalesh050 18 months ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful poem with a Great message! Wish we had more people like Mr. Humble to make this world truly beautiful ! I don't understand the law, I would have thought that a man like him would be honoured for his philanthropic deeds! Voted Up / Awesome. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you or your very generous comment Kamalesh. Yes, I too wish there were more Mr Humbles in the world...and laws should support generosity.


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Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

Jodah, I think this one is my favorite I've read so far of your work. Granted, I haven't yet made it through all of them yet, but I think this one is the lesson much need to hear.

It's funny you mentioned, at the beginning about the hubscore and adding things to make it more appealing to the google gods. When I first started posting here, I was a little worried about not adding in a lot. Then, I just came to the conclusion that the hub score was not what I was writing for, and I always think less is more. I am a very humble person that way.

This poem was great. I love it!


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Jodah 17 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading another of my hubs Missy. This poem is one of my favourites too, especially the message behind it. You are right, there are more important reasons to write than the hub score. Trouble is if you want your work to be read by as many as possible you have to try and get the hubs 'featured'. I have to update quite a few of mine that have recently been 'unfeatured' due to low traffic. I guess that happens when you have over 200 hubs. Anyway thanks for your kind words, from one humble person to another.


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anemixflarie 16 months ago

words fail me to describe how this made me feel, it is wonderful and meaningful that you took the time to describe such a hero. thank you :)


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind words anemixflarie. I am glad this poem touched you.

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