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A Christmas Tale 27/12/13

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A Christmas Tale 27/12/13

Once on a lonely winters night
The snow blew all around
The silent night was very still
As the flakes piled on the ground

An old man he lay motionless
In an archway wet and damp
With a blanket wrapped around him
A silhouette beneath a lamp

He huddled there to keep warm
In his life nothing went right
While others sat around a fire
On that holy Christmas night

For he left his homeland years ago
In search of work they say
But the story of this poor soul
It died on a Christmas day

And in his pocket was a crumpled card
Addressed to who knows who
No money for to post it
With those poor hands so cold and blue

And sadly there are others
Who are left the same way too.
So help the needy in distress
It’s the least that we can do
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I wrote this after hearing a story last year from a nurse in the hospital I attend.
She told me of a poor man who died while sleeping rough in an archway in London.
Although there are a lot of charities that look after homeless people there are some homeless who are too proud to seek help.
Some young men come over to the UK for work and fall on hard times and are too proud to go home to their families and end up sleeping rough in doorways or anywhere they can find some shelter.

Spare a thought for the homeless wherever you live and give what you can to the charities that look after them.
Feel good on Christmas Day by knowing you’ve helped someone in need.

Editors Note

There are of course a number of homeless charities  one can donate to, here is an anything but exhaustive list 

Focus

St Vincent de Paul Ireland

Salvation Army

Simon Community

2 Responses

  1. Tony Gorman says:

    This Christmas Day 3rd November 2014 by/Tony Gorman

    In a mixed up world full of violence and pain
    When just one day of peace on this earth is our gain
    And the worries we have are shelved for one day
    And bless those that’s sick is a prayer that we say
    And compassion is shown for all those that’s in need
    And to help those that’s lonely will be part of our deed
    And we offer a prayer for our loved ones that’s past
    For we know in our hearts that their memories will last
    And we watch as the children open up all their gifts
    Of dolls and prams and cars parked in garages with lifts
    And other assortments of games that kids play
    To bring smiles to their faces on this Christmas Day
    And when we sit down to tuck into our meal
    With the cracker hats on us, we’ll look so surreal
    They are part of the things that we all do each year
    To bring happiness and love and some real Christmas cheer
    And we’ll pray when the New Year’s chimes they ring out
    That the call for world peace will be an echoing shout
    So to end up my poem just let me say
    Have a wonderful Christmas and peace to all on the day

    To Eoghan and all the writers on FRG
    and to all those who visit the site
    have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

    I’ll be back next year with more poems
    Take care
    Tony

  2. FRG.ie Admin says:

    Tony

    We would just like to thank you for your beautiful poetry throughout the year.

    It has received plenty of compliments from people in our organisation and from much further a field. Your posts bring a warmth to this site that is much needed.

    On behalf of the Fountain Resource Group, We would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to your poems in 2015!

    From

    Eoghan (Editor)

    and

    Tom (FRG Coordinator)

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