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A Little Remark That Made a Difference: a Poem
I used to have a neighbor, now dead, his soul be blessed
his last decades he spent complaining and being a jerk
the dude was always worried and overly stressed
and I never saw his laughter go better than a smirk.
We had a routine at those rare running into each other
exchanging neighborly niceties before his usual rant
to inspire something good in him I wouldn't really bother
till a day when what I blurted stopped his negative chant.
With a shrug I said how we don't know how life could be hurting
and only a visit to a hospital could show us extremes of pain
then he just nodded, changed subject, as if ignored my blurting
while I thought how my words merely went down the drain.
But then I got surprised the next time when we met
his bad knees as usual keeping that frown on his face
but instead of ranting and all that nervous fret
he said he was fine with a passing smile almost in a grace.
Then he said how he hadn't been able to shake off my saying
about visiting hospital to face all those in true pain
and he thanked me with a voice almost like in a praying
and no one ever heard that man complain again.