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Updated on July 29, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

Many years ago while drifting at night

on streets of what looked like a deserted town

I spotted something little and hidden from sight

shaking and sobbing and just laying down.

It looked like a boy all scared and stressed

blinking incessantly with those tearful eyes

barefoot and lonely and poorly dressed

in something that looked on him undersize.

I looked away not knowing what to do

and kept walking, trying to forget that face

but then as I couldn't and still without a clue

I went back to that sad and disturbing place.

So I kneeled and wiped those tears with a gentle care

picking up the boy somewhat looking like me

while trying to avoid his begging stare

but deep in my heart feeling his plea.

In a strange mix of compassion and cheer

saddened yet relieved almost more than I could bear

I wiped off that last and stubborn tear

that remained on my face back there.


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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---I agree, it's all about who we are identifying with---is it soul or imperfect human. For, from the perspective of a human he suffers for his being "less than his expectations", whereas with eyes of a soul any of that doesn't really matter.

      Thank you for the interesting comment and for the generous praise.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Michael---I am glad you could somehow relate to the poem to the point of praising it so much. I truly appreciate every word of your comment, my good friend. Thinking back, I remember you being my very first commenter, always with so much nice to say. You are a noble and spirited man, and I feel honored for being praised by you.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      John---Thank you, my friend, I am happy you liked it---especially because the praise is coming from such a fine poet like yourself. Your talent makes me feel like an" impostor" in the field of poetry---because I am just trying myself there, and that may end any day, if I get "nostalgic" about writing exclusively articles gain.

      Actually, there are times when I am not sure how much longer I will write anything at all.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Paula, my friend---As much as I am deeply flattered by your words of praise, I must admit, there is nothing "autobiographic" in that poem.

      Like I mentioned before, I was born with this "excessive" empathy" about others' experiencing life, which at times borders with something like "telepathy"---so I am not taking any credit for it.

      It helped me to get into the depths of human heart more than those thousand read books, which only gave some sense to it.

      My own awakening was much more of a Spartan nature, prompted by "est"(Erhard Seminars Training) back in seventies.

      My path was the one of personal sovereignty and triumphing over my vulnerable ego---that's why I like seeing myself as a "mental athlete".

      The poem was inspired by my empathizing with people who alienate themselves from their inner child, oftentimes rejecting it because of its unpresentable, often-criticized and imperfect nature.

      But, again, thank you for your nice comment, my dear friend. I certainly wouldn't mind if the poem was about me, but it isn't. That doesn't make me any less warm human being, I hope.

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      Paula 7 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val.....So very awesome! Wow! This is so deep, you've allowed us to see inside of you! You're a loving human being and many more should be like you!.....I'm so impressed with your poetry. Peace my friend, Paula

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      MizBejabbers 7 weeks ago

      I agree that it is one of your best, if not the best. One day when a person wakes up and realizes that he is soul, guilt melts away and the person can forgive first himself, then others.

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      Michael-Milec 7 weeks ago

      One of your best Sir, Mr Vladimir Karas ; if not the best. It convincingly reminds me of my own reunification . Thanks my friend.

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      John Hansen 7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful work, Val. Touchingly written. Loved it.