Where a lamppost spreads a white spot light
Nursing silent night with canny purr,
A racoon crosses there in sudden flight.

Where an old man walks his dog this hour
With a leash that’s buckled to his hand,
The dog stands briefly pat in belled collar.

Where a beggar sits while others stand,
Passersby don’t stop along their way,
No one cares about his open hand.

Life has parity that fills each day
That’s beyond the scope of a tomorrow;
How we see our world around at play
Makes it important: share love, not sorrow.


Leonard Dabydeen is author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems , Xlibris Publication(2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems, Xlibris Publication (2015)

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8 Responses

  1. Sathyanarayana

    Wow Leonard, from Canada with love. The message goes well to touch the hearts.

  2. Zachary Dilks

    Great poem, Leonard! It’s got a powerful message to it and authority in its voice.

  3. Satyananda Sarangi

    Hello Sir, greetings!

    I have often wondered about how short pieces have so much in them. This deep work of yours says it all.
    I’ve always enjoyed reading you here on the Society’s website.


    • Leonard Dabydeen

      Happy you’re enjoying the read of my work here on TS, Satyananda. ‘Brevity is the soul of wit…’ ~ Shakespeare.
      Thank you.



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