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A Poem: The Red Scarf

Updated on December 7, 2013

“I like your red scarf.” the worn lady said as she looked at the ground which served as her bed.

Our eyes never met though her words hung in my ears,

and as I walked on they became sharp and clear.

Rushing back to her corner she was still there - I gave her my scarf which she wrapped round her hair.

She looked up at me from her home on the ground, her words were soft so I knelt myself down.

“You didn’t just listen you heard what I said. It’s the warmth I was craving not the beautiful red.”

The gloves on my hands came off as well and I stood up to leave this poor woman’s hell.

As I walked away she called, “Come see me again! I’m always right here.” But she left that corner with me that day and in my mind is held dear.

Holiday Season

This encounter happened while I lived in Northern California and was visiting my beloved San Francisco during the holiday season. The woman's spot was on one of the corners of Union Square between Macy's and FAO Schwartz (when it was still open). I was wearing my scarf and gloves because it was cold but lets face it, they were also accessories that were on to enhance my outfit. My brother had been homeless as well, and I always had an interest in aiding those that were needy. After this, and in memory of both my brother and this woman, I began crocheting scarves every year to hand out to the homeless.

I think about this woman all of the time and wish she knew how powerful she was, and that her life had worth.


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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful poem Imocat, and it also shows your caring heart. The warmth of a scarf and gloves makes a big difference to a homeless person during the cold Winter, whereas I'm sure you had more at home to replace them, and I'm sure the giving warmed your heart. Well done. Voted up.

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      Shellie 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Thank you very much Word55.

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      Word 4 years ago from Chicago

      Ok imocat Glad I had the opportunity to read this poem. You are showing some beautiful talent for writing and what a wonderful touching true story poem. Oh my, how you are making my day. -:)