by John Stevens

Where function once was,
Had from the start.
Now, a missing part.
Gone now.
Some how.

Where feeling once was,
That used to serve.
Now a broken nerve
Dead now
Some how.

He looks out the window,
out the door, down the hall,
to pass the time of day and night.
Seeing the pain reflected
from the faces of others
not knowing how to handle their plight.

Feeling their hurts and sorrows
as are his own – crushing.
He knows pain, up close and personal
It takes control, seizing the moment
the day.
In the midst of suffering…
In the place of indignation…
Pens the words of sadness and sorrow.
Pens the thoughts of encouragement and love.
Giving hope and smiles to others
Trying to not let pain win – maybe tomorrow.

What more can we do
when a brother is down.
To encourage a smile
to let go of the frown.

“There is no shame in
doing the best you can
with what you have.”

“Have mercy on Letter Four.
Take away the pain, for evermore.”

(c) 10-04-2010


One Comment to “Forth Letter”

  1. admin says:

    Hello Poetry
    Neva Flores Oct 4, 2010
    Wow! John your writing is getting better and better. How can that be? This is tremendously awesome!

    John Stevens Oct 4, 2010
    It comes from reading stuff from people I hold dear. D and you and…… You know the list. Thanks Neva for your encouragement.
    louis rams Oct 4, 2010
    i normally have a long comment but on this is just one word WOW !

    John Stevens Oct 4, 2010
    Thanks Louis. One of those –grab a piece of paper before it disappears– things,
    Mari Oct 5, 2010
    A very emotionally touching, finely crafted write, John. Eloquently expressed, silky smooth flow and a powerful delivery. A most compelling write, John. Tfs…

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    Thanks Mari. Very Much
    Chris G J Smith Oct 5, 2010
    A moving piece, and a favourite

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    Thanks Chris. I hesitated to post it. Thank Neva… see convinced me to post it.

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    I did not want to offend Letter Four.

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    My link today SLOW. Maybe I am slow one today. Anyway, I am please it made you feel` better. When I see what others are going through, my problems are very insignificant.

    kapmcl Oct 5, 2010
    Why would you NOT want to post such a deeply touching poem? I’m so glad you did…reading this made me feel a wee bit better.
    jp Oct 5, 2010
    A band of poetry-brothers is forming.

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    What does that mean?
    jp Oct 5, 2010
    That a few other poets
    have written on the subject.

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    Count me in.
    james robert Oct 5, 2010
    Great stuff John!

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    Thanks James. Appreciated.
    Tracey Oct 5, 2010
    It reminds me of walking down the hallway of a V.A. hospital… You painted that picture for me.. This is great…

    John Stevens Oct 5, 2010
    Thank you Tracey. Letter Four has been on my mind… a lot.

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