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A narrative poem, Rejected castaway

Updated on March 9, 2013
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

Instead of closing drug and alcohol treatment centers, let's build more. Wall street is thriving, it's time we remember the alcoholics and drug addicts.

Today i passed an old man on a busy down-town street

He was homeless, carrying a sign that said, " I'm hungry, but i need a drink so much more

His eye's begging, how could i make a quick retreat?

When he held out his shaky hand, i couldn't walk away

I felt his pain and misery

Visibly saw the dragon he so desperately needed to slay

I wanted to embrace him, hold him in my arms

But he was in a hurry to get the calming poison

His demeanor was void of any social charms

I gladly gave, whispering, " Please let me help you? "

He sped past me to the closest saloon

To get the needed drink that was long-overdue

I was aware i'd helped him for one more precious day

But what about tomorrow?

He needed help but had no place to stay

Statistics tell us he will be just another rejected castaway.


Please watch the video, it will warm your heart.......Thank's Rolly.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan. Thank you for coming to read. Cheers my friend.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... Beautifully written poem always exploring.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello cam, I understand your words. My sister feels the same as you, but sometimes food is the last thing an alcholic wants. I worked in a ward for acute alcholics and we gave them librium to calm the nerves, sometimes the Dr. would order one drink of alcohol, it's a no win situation. I wrote this piece when the state hospital was closed in Evansville, In., which is close to me. Thank you so much for reading and commenting...

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      As a recovering alcoholic it is so hard for me to really observe these men and women on our streets. Maybe it's because I see in them what I might have been. There, but for the grace of God, go I. I find it even more difficult to give them anything but food. But I know a bit of their pain. And I do hurt for them. Thank you for putting into such beautiful words this reminder that there are suffering people all around us.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha Epi, I needed your comment badly. Thank you. You always brighten my day's. Sending you and George warm wishes. Thank's my friend....

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Happy Easter dear Ruby from Colin, Tiffy , Gabriel and George to my one true Hub angel and a quardian angel to all of us not to mention a world class writer and someone who always manages to make us stop and think about the world we live in - and for that reason (one of many) alone you make this hub world and beyond a better place to live.

      Amen.

      lake erie time ontario canada 4:33pm and sending you sincere warm wishes and a high five from the Canadians up north and George J, too!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, I really can't see why anyone would choose that kind of life. We never know the heart of another, so we help when we can. Thank you so much....

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      If only more people had your compassion. As a nation we do need to step up and help these people. I don't believe they choose to be in their position. Up and awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello shanmarie, Yes this happened, of course i added context to make it rhyme and my thoughts i added. Happy you found it moving. Thank you..Cheers..

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      I marked this as beautiful, but beautiful is not the right word. I think that "moving" would be. I think that if people had more compassion for those around them, including the rejected castaways, there would less of the problems we have in this society today.

      By the way, is this a true to life experience for you? Or did something else inspire it? Just curious.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, I must admit that i am responding with tears flowing. Thank you so much. I needed your comment and love. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello CurrentScience, I am finding it very difficult to understand you. I did not take down your comment about Sweden, if you will check, it is still there. I try to understand everyone's beliefs and i in no way would put you down for yours. I do hope that you will try to understand my beliefs. Please can you tell me how this world came into being? If you say we came from apes, as many say, then where did the apes come from? There is a God and possibly one day you will stand before him. I feel that you have put me down intellectually and that hurts. I will never refuse your comments. I think you would like that so you can rant more against people who believe. Peace ...

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, Ruby. I can barely see to write through my tears. You have the gift of a truly compassionate heart that is a gift to us all, my dear friend. We desperately need more drug and alcohol treatment centers. If our society doesn’t wake up and truly ‘see,’ they will end up far more blind than the poor man in the street video. The homeless, drunken man measures his time from drink to drink…anything to deaden the pain and feed his addiction. Why can’t people realize that it is often a very thin line that keeps them on the other side of the street? Thank you for sharing, Ruby. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, I am so happy you were touched by this piece, as i knew you would be, you have a loving heart and i am happy to call you my friend...

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Very touching Ruby.

      As Susan wrote above, it would be nice if more centres could be open.

      (big hug)

      Elena

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      Jason 4 years ago from HighPoint, N.C.

      btw: here's some "relation" to your several friends from INDIA {as Swede musician Jonas Hellborg has partaken in collaboration numerous times with Selvaganesh, U. Shrinivas (of the highest-ranking traditional Drummers from India)

      http://youtu.be/xMDbz1SWez8

      again, every Christian I've ever tried to have an "adult-level" conversation with: There is No Progression {leave it to the Most Progressive Countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, the nations of Scandinavia}, // I don't want you, as a Christian to fail, it's just Inevitable: your Non-Progressive Temperament. ..

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      Jason 4 years ago from HighPoint, N.C.

      I am familiar with how the archetypical 'Christian' tends to deal with issues that are "out of their comfort zone". I realize that my questioning of your 'Religious Beliefs' were viewed in a derogatory light. I had mentioned in a previous hub of yours, about astigmatism in relation to Eye Surgery. Days after I questioned your Religious Beliefs {which seemed to "shake" your very foundation}: you posted this hub about a man who "can't see a beautiful day", coupled with the idea of he needs to use the right words (i.e. "be more conniving"). So, I ask you {I realize how difficult this is for someone such as yourself ?}, to Not be a Coward??! & Post this comment. In turn, in an adult manner {more than PBS children's level conjecture}, respond to me, as opposed to your Propaganda. /// Also, the post of mine that you've taken down: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=sweden+atheist... was meant to reflect the Culture of the Most Progressive Nations in the modern 1st world (who just so happen to be Atheist). Such as Sweden: of the Highest Standard of Living {with some of the greater Incentives for the benefit of humanity (i.e. the Novel Prizes)}, Lowest Crime Rates, No major Drug/Alcohol issues. I am asking you: Ruby, I know it's asking far too much of someone with your fragile temperament: but, even if you are afraid of facing "questioning the viability of your timely religious affirmations", and accept to (on an adult level), Not Pass Judgement So Quickly on different lifestyles (where people live their lives, perhaps more elated that you). Are you only content with what's "right" through your Biased Eyes?? - I await a response... ;0)

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      Jason 4 years ago from HighPoint, N.C.

      I am familiar with how the archetypical 'Christian' tends to deal with issues that are "out of their comfort zone". I realize that my questioning of your 'Religious Beliefs' were viewed in a derogatory light. I had mentioned in a previous hub of yours, about astigmatism in relation to Eye Surgery. Days after I questioned your Religious Beliefs {which seemed to "shake" your very foundation}: you posted this hub about a man who "can't see a beautiful day", and the idea of he needs to use the right words (i.e. "be more conniving"). So, I ask you {I realize how difficult this is for someone who such as yourself}, to Not be a Coward??! & Post this comment. In turn, in an adult manner {more than PBS children's level conjecture}, respond to me, as opposed to your Propaganda. /// Also, the post of mine that you've taken down: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=sweden+atheist... was meant to reflect the Culture of the Most Progressive Nations in the modern 1st world (who just so happen to be Atheist). Such as Sweden: of the Highest Standard of Living {with some of the greater Incentives for the benefit of humanity (i.e. the Novel Prizes)}, Lowest Crime Rates, No major Drug/Alcohol issues. I am asking you: Ruby, I know it's asking far too much of someone with your fragile temperament: but, if you are afraid of facing "questioning the viability of your timely religious affirmations", and accept to (on an adult level), No Pass So Quick Judgement on different lifestyles (where people live their lives, perhaps more elated that you). Are you only content with what's "right" through your Biased Eyes?? - I await a response... ;0)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      heart rendering poem, Ruby. Just makes me thank even more to my stars that I have the support to help me get up when lying low.

      Pray all get that in this lifetime!

      The video was so appropriate. Touched a chord in my heart!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lisa, Thank you, happy it warmed your heart..Cheers..

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful poem, and the video warmed my heart!Thank you for posting!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello SilentReed, Your comment is very touching, i feel exactly the same. We are our Brother's keeper, whether we acknowledge it or not. I couldn't look in the mirror if i looked away from someone in need. Thank you for adding much to this piece...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, I am so sorry you lost a friend. Drugs can kill before you realize the danger. Some can drink alcohol and not become an alcoholic, it's a mystery. I enjoy a social drink of vodka but have no desire to drink enough to get drunk. Thank you for commenting..Cheers

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      It's hard to be non-judgemental, and give alms to a drunk or addict who you know would only spend your money on the "calming poison". Most of us would rather pretend they don't exist or rudely tell them to find a job instead of preying on "honest folks". The problem is like staring into an abyss that stares back and still being able to say that "I am my brother's keeper."

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby, when I was in college I had a drug addict friend. Actually, he was my room mate. As a teenager I did soft drugs, but I never went too far. My friend died before he could complete the program.

      This poem reminds me of my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, I think i am only one of many who hate homelessness, including you my friend. Thank you for reading...Hugs..

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautifully said Ruby and I agree. You have a big heart.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The people looked peaceful and happy, are you implying because they might be atheist they are happier, or because everything looks clean and beautiful with no homeless in sight? I wish it could be that way everywhere..Thank's for the visit..

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      Jason 4 years ago from HighPoint, N.C.

      I ask that you don't fear to post this:

      http://www.atheistmemebase.com/wp-content/uploads/...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello b, good to see you. I guess writing about this problem is about all we can do, at least i feel better. Thank you..I read your hub..Glad you are feeling better......

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi girishpuri, Your comment is very true, what i can't understand is why the governments cannot see this too. Thank you for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sallybea, Thank you so much. I love your name. I had a sister named Bea. Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, You're my kind of people. We give and don't ask. The video really moved me too. I first thought the woman who wrote on the sign was hateful and writing something mean, but i was pleasantly surprised. Thank you for a heartfelt comment.....

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Ruby,

      Your words, chosen so carefully, get the message across..."Rejected Castaways" says it all. It makes us stop, and think, and want to change things, at least in some small way...And maybe that's what it takes.

      Thanks for sharing a truly Amazing Hub.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Ruby, you have given your voice to those who really need it. Yes there is a urgent need for such more centers, all over the world, voted up. God bless.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      I love that video, saw it sometime back and it it still tugs at the heart strings.

      Voted up, beautiful writing

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      A beautiful and poignant poem ruby, and so true, I have stopped before and given some money like most of us, and yes he went of and bought drink and cigarettes, I didn't mind, if thats his comfort I wish I could have done more, and the video was awesome, changing the words made a lump in my throat, beautiful, nell voted up and shared.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gypsy, It is always good to see you on my page and i agree, if people would reach out more maybe there wouldn't be so many on the street. Thank you for a heartfelt comment and thank you for sharing...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Fossie, You are so sweet, my soulmate hippy friend. Thank you. I agree, words are powerful and actions speak louder than words. I got that video from Rolly. ( See him above ) He is a wonderful writer that invites hubbers to come and join him at his fireside chat. I always feel better after visiting his hubs. Thank you again..Hugs******

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, I am very much in tune with your comment about people who are not born into a stable life style through no fault of their own, thus, leaving them vulnerable to the streets. I had to look up Carlos Slim, i love his quote, " Bad governments worry about the rich, good governments worry about the poor. " I read his bio. and found it interesting that he was born into a poor family but a compassionate one who taught the importance of education and economics which in later life, made him a wealthy man who gives millions to charity. We need more like him and Bill Gates. I really doubt that i would make a good welfare worker, i would probably bankrupt the system in a month..lol..Thank you my faithful friend..Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lilly, I am glad you agree that helping those in need is a good thing, no matter the circumstance, that is the main reason i started following you, your hubs concerning the treatment of Indians made a lasting impact on me. Thank you for a lovely comment..Much love to you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Amy, You believe so much like me. I have been told that by many people who wouldn't give a dime to any homeless person.They think they are just lazy bums and maybe some are but i know this man needed a drink badly. I will let God judge whether i did the right thing or not. I think what bothers me the most about people who ridicule anyone who gives to the homeless, they will give to an organization in another part of the world, not knowing for sure how much is given to feed the people or how muck is raked off by the organization, instead, why not give to the needy here in America. Thank you Amy for being you. I love you too..Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pam, Thank you so much, your comment is heartfelt...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello A.A. I'm so glad to see you. I hope you are back writing again. Thank you for coming to visit Ellie May...Hee.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      drbj, I always count on you for a poetic comment and this one is beautiful, but i'm no angel. I just see how the states are cutting back on the projects that help the ones who need it more and it makes me mad, plus i watched people pass by him and look away. How sad that is. Thank you my dear friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, It takes so little effort to help a person who is down, but many look away or worse still, they make judgemental remarks, but they never miss going to church on Sunday, but i'm off course, the reason i wrote this is because our government is closing treatment centers instead of building more. Thank you for a kind remark and yes, the blind man needed someone to change his sign. Ha..If you had been there you would have drawn a picture and he would have made a mint..Hee...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mekenzie, The Teen challenge sounds like a wonderful organization, i wish every town had one. Thank you for adding hope to this piece...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree, Sorry i'm late,. Thank you for commenting and sharing....

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I hear you Ruby. If only more people reached out to those who need help the most. Great video and heartfelt. Passing this on.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Ruby, you have a heart as warm as the color of your name! Another beautiful tender poem, always for love and well-being for your fellow man! Loved the video too! It really brought home how words have power! Take care, my lovely hippy jewel, Fossi :O)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cloud, I am sorry to hear that you were homeless, but that's why you are able to write about the people still out there. Your compassion shines in all of your work. Thank you for sharing,,,,

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Caroline, I agree, it is a sad life and there are many out there needing help...Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly, Thank you for kind words and for sharing the video. It really moved me. Hugs....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Leslie, You are so funny. I love it when you visit. You are correct, a person has to want to quit drinking or it will never happen. When our government closes the doors to treatment centers, where are they going to go for help? Thank you Dear one....

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I so agree with drbj - YOU are an angel, Ruby. While the most of us cannot see through alcohol, as if it is a solid wall, you go through it and see the person behind the wall - his soul and body, yearning for whatever makes them feel better.

      In the Bible King Solomon said: "Give wine to the poor." What else can we give them that could kill pain caused by scattered dreams, unavailable opportunities, horrible circumstances? Surely we cannot change their lives that was so thoroughly build since the day they were born, unless we are Carlos Slim or Bill Gates.

      You are a born welfare worker, Ruby.

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      Lori J Latimer 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Ruby, I adore this poem, and the video. Thank you for always speaking for those who rarely have voice, thank you for using your word-weaving ability to make effective 'signs' which affect us all. Much Love!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eddy, I am happy to call you my friend too. Your support is appreciated much. Thank you Dear...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Current Science, I watched the video, i really don't see a connection between this hub and genocide, but i did see the hate between the races throughout the world. My wish is that it will change and people will come together. Thank you..Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Prasetio, Happy you were touched by this. Thank you for always supporting me...Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Graham, Good to see you..Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martin, There is always a message in your comments. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, Thank you, but i'm just like anyone else who has a heart, and you are among the caring my nusre friend. Sometimes we go against the grain even if it's not what some would do. Thank you for a sweet comment. Hugs Galore***

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, Happy you agree, of course i knew you would. Thank you for being my friend....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan, I used to work in a ward that treated alcoholics, when they first came in they were unable to eat food, sometimes alcohol fills their need, calms the tremors, then the treatment began with a drug called librium given for detoxification. I am happy to know that you care and see the need for more facilities for treatment. You are a dear friend...Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh my, I'm all choked up here. God knows i am anything but perfect, but i do feel for the people who seem to need a lift up. There are so many out there. Thank you Bill..

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh, Ruby, I love you. When I worked downtown St. Louis, I saw and made friends with so many homeless that walked by my window on Locust Street. You wouldn't believe how most of my workmates chastised me for sharing a cigarette or a few dollars with someone who had nothing. I was repeatedly told how they just wanted to feed their addictions and I was enabling them. But, it is only circumstances that separate the destitute from the well off. Mental illness, poverty and despair is not something any one of us would choose. And, who am I to give what I can with stipulations. A gift is only a gift if given freely. It gave me comfort to give another some small comfort. The video you shared is extraordinarily touching, simply beautiful and gives me some hope in knowing there are people like you, who care. You are an angel and I have never been so proud to call another human being my friend as I do you, Ruby.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Ruby, You truly expressed the plight of a person in this position. It is heartbreaking and you write so beautifully. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Augustine A Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

      Ellie May, always looking out for the cast away and the ones who are in need the most. Lovely...

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I have not met too many angels,

      In our world there seems to be a dearth.

      But there are a few I could mention,

      Like you, Ruby, who live on this earth.

      Voted up for you, m'dear, and up for your poetic prose.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Ruby, you have such a beautiful heart. You will single handedly change the world. And even a blind guy can use some marketing skills.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      It is heart wrenching to look into the eyes of the hopeless and homeless of the streets. They do need so much more than a drink - yet the drink got this dear man some relief for the moment.

      We have an organization called Teen Challenge in our community. It is not just for teens but for those who have lived in the clutches of addiction. It is a GREAT organization which has a very very high success rate.

      I helped a gal once to get into teen challenge and it changed her life. Thanks for such a compelling message - we are our brothers keepers.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Another heart-wrenching poem from you! I felt it so sad to see the man through this poem. You were sent in front of him by God, really. Voted up and sharing across.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I know the feeling of being that old dude, the difference is I was in his shoes as a youth (I was homeless 3 times actually, starting around age 18 and ending at age 22), and when you are that young and homeless the dragon seems much larger.

      Nice compelling poem here about a truly retched condition today and I will definitely share it for you Ruby. Thumbs up and out!

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Amazing poem Ruby. So sad when these things take over people's lives. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... just as you always do you touch the heart with your love and compassion... thank you for sharing...

      Many Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Ruby...You had me at 'Today..." i got a lump in my throat when i read this sad, tragic - but HONEST man's sign..

      truly - i wish people such as this could have some input into the running of the country - it sorely needs REAL input from REAL folks from ALL walks of life - not just 2 elitist, arrogant, egotistical political parties who can't agree that shit stinks!

      Oops..sorry for going off on a tangent, dear..lol

      i loved this story and wish someone could help this poor soul -sadly - he has to want to first and foremost, and...

      i don't know if i even blame him for wanting to drown himself in a bottle..

      on that note - have a wonderful weekend...lol..

      up and sharing on..

      also getting today's place of honor on my fb page..

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Such a wonderful read Ruby and here's to many many more by you. You are a lady who I am proud to call my friend.

      Eddy.

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      Jason 4 years ago from HighPoint, N.C.

      I'm in support of the humanitarian aspect of allowing people to have options for leaving an extremist religion they are born into. In England there is a FOUNDATION OF COUNCIL OF EX-MUSLIMS {the 1st time in history, for women who otherwise would face DEATH for leaving their born-into-religion, now have an Option to leave it}. http://youtu.be/pQzuFrMRA3M On that Note: some of the Utmost Progressive Countries in the modern world are 'Euro-based', & there are Plenty of Organizations who have an almost "blind Hatred" for people of Euro Descent {to the point of Calling for Genocide (& this "New Age Genocide" isn't all "Muslim-based"} - please take a moment to hear the Grand Agenda of So Many in the Modern World

      http://youtu.be/m2ycLwXSxt4 For Most Persons, this subject matter is too "out of their comfort zone" to elaborate on. "Genocide" will not happen, per Canada, Australia, & the inevitable Segregation {via Culture} of the U.S.A. in the coming next few Centuries. Interesting topics, which people should be AWARE of. Thanks for Sharing. Any comments/feedback are welcome, Have a Blessed Day!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You touch us in the humanity side. I always love your poem, including this one. Good job, Ruby. My vote always for you. Cheers :-)

      Prasetio

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Well done Ruby. A moving tribute to those who have along the way.

      Graham.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very moving. Thank you. In the hospital, I met a fellow (a castaway) who suffered from an unusually high run of bad luck.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You have a Nurse's heart, dear Ruby...so big and so non-judgmental and compassionate.

      This is a heartbreaking issue...I totally agree with you.

      Voted UP and ABI. Love, Maria

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I so agree!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I so agree with your statement :

      "Instead of closing drug and alcohol treatment centers, let's build more."

      It's so hard to decide whether to give the money to the people that are begging knowing that they'll spend it on booze, or to offer to buy them a meal or a cup of coffee.

      Wonderful poem Ruby.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a beautiful writer and human being. I know this comes from your heart and I know you do exactly what you write about, and for that I say thank you, Ruby!

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill