the once bag lady

After hours,

the snow was finally sticking to the street,

she had newspapers covering her feet,

wrapped in plastic bags,

her clothes were barely rags,

she would faint,

the once bag lady,

turned saint,

suffering from a heart condition

she would preach until heard,

she would preach spreading God’s word,

and one thing about this lady,

she took her good book seriously,

a fact confirmed not only by her Bible collection,

but also by the framed words

of Jesus Christ’s resurrection

wrapped neatly in her shopping carriage

with a missing wheel,

salvation for her was real,

and the touch of the Lord’s hand

she would always feel,

as it floated in the breeze,

while her heart would flutter

in the cold freeze,

death soothes,

as she would no longer be preaching

the good news,

she was laid out on her back,

suffering a massive heart attack,

her body was cold,

but her soul was burning as hot as a flame,

and it was told and retold,

that no one ever knew her name,

she was discovered weeks later,

and she didn’t look the same.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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Senoritaa 5 years ago

Touching, and a very inspiring topic indeed!

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capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

I loved the beat-poet feel of the rhythm, and the matter-of-fact, and therefore poignant, ending.

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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

very interesting and different. my belief is that every life has dignity, and this poem illumintated that belief.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Great observation in poetic expression...and with a last line twist! Enjoyed reading.

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tobusiness 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I found this very sad, but interesting, I will be back to read the rest

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

brilliant and so clever.

I vote up up and away here.

Enjoy your day.


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

If I may let me say "CONGRATULATIONS" you have just ran away from us all.

This to me is your best work in poetry, not worried of saying it either.

To date this one lets you see the possibilities and more. I am quite happy about the subject matter , you showed the versatility I already know you have, and simply ran away with it.

Keep that spirit, great work Frank.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

hey frank nice poem specially the ending!!


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femmeflashpoint 5 years ago


You were recommended by Epigramman, and wow ... so happy he led me here!

This is wonderful ... very sad, yet oh so inspiring!

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rjsadowski 5 years ago

An excellent description of a tragic figure. So often, the homeless go unnoticed.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Senoritta and Capricorn, and thank you too Sky and carrie for dropping by and always thank ing youfemme, and thanks you rjsadowsli bless you all guys :)

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

and thank you Shea, froggy, and tobusiness and you too Eddy bless you guys for stopping by :)

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is an awesome read that captures the essence of homelessness and everything internal that inspired that woman to preach. Her voices are silent now. Voted up +++ and sharing.

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Flourish :)

Ruben 2 years ago

Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring wertirs? I'm hoping to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm completely confused .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

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Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton Author


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