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 A contrast of Hope & Pain
picture 22 Jul 2005 @ 14:37, by redstar

Today, while taking a walk though the litter strewn streets of my current hometown, I happen across one of the beggars, an old, badly crippled sorry looking character that I often encounter on my trips around the town.

This time, however, possibly triggered by conversations on this very network, maybe a combination of various factors, but I find myself seeing him through new eyes.

He hails me with a friendly greeting and I gaze back at him while digging in my pockets with a wave of sorrow, hope & Love.

No wheelchair for this poor legless man, he is forced to crawl about the dirty streets of the city on his hands and the stumps of his knees to which he has tied bits of rubber cut from old car tyres to protect his flesh from the rugged surfaces of tar & concrete that he has to navigate. Imagine how he has to cross a busy road the way some people drive out there and just how many miles he covers every day like that.

I greet him and in my heart I say to him " Your pain is my pain, may our pain bring an end to all pain.....and if have no coins for you to today, I'll still try to have a smile.


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